Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

“As a form of prayer, supplication involves sifting through variegated impulses to find our true desires. The intensity of focused feeling that is the mark of meaningful prayer endows desire with a powerful magnetism. Thoughts take wing and fly toward their destination. The desires that are discovered, articulated and empowered in prayer become extensions of God’s own desire. When we bear our heart in supplication,  we know that we are heard, and that a response will reach us—though it may not be the response we expect.” – from The Prayers of Hazrat Inayat Khan by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Below is a prayer of supplication created by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan.

You to whom we belong
     to whom we have always belonged

     to whom we will always belong

You who sustain our being

     who sustain our life
     who sustain our breath

You who came before everything
     who will follow after all

     who live everywhere, always

Giver of life, giver of breath

You, the mystery in our breath
     the light in our breath
     the breath of our breath

You who are life

without whom there is no life

in whom there is no death

You, the bestower of being

     the essence of being
     pure and endless being

You who are the root

     the source of all that is

     the spring of what we are
          and what we might yet be

You whose name is every name

     whose form is every form
     yet whom no name can contain
          no form can enclose

Sower of countless seeds

     Reaper of boundless harvests

We call upon You
     we invoke You
     we ask you to witness
          our witness of you

We ask to receive
     all that you have to give us

And we ask to be shown

     how to answer as is fitting
     what to give of ourselves in turn

Creator, you will give us, we trust
     what we need
     what we need to be
          what You have created us to be

Creator, we seek to serve you

     and to serve Your creation
     make of us the servants
          You would have in Your service

Cleanse and purify us

     wash away our stains

     pour over us the water

          of Your purity

Make us new again

     give us every moment new life

     by Your resurrecting touch

Our bodies are Your temples

     help us to keep them pure and holy

Our hearts are Your shrines
     may no forgetfulness enter them

Our souls are Your altars
     may they stand to exalt You

When we have fallen, lift us
     when we falter, steady us
     heal us

     protect us
     and make us strong with Your strength

Give us, in all of our fibers, purity and life
     Make strong our limbs
     bolster our bones
     infuse our blood
     fortify our hearts

     cleanse our vessels
     make sound every organ in us

          that we may serve you

               to the fullest of our power

You who make the sun shine

     brighten our eyes with clear vision

You, the Voice that speaks in every whisper and call

     give us ears that can hear You

Let our senses be for You

     sight and hearing and smell and taste and touch

          vivid, pure, and true

Our minds, we know, are mirrors
     held up to Your traces and signs
make their reflections clear

          clear and bright and true to life

Your light is what we thirst for
     send it to us, we pray
          in the measure of our thirst

Illuminate our path as we travel this earth

     and when we pass beyond it

Light our way with the sun by day
     with the moon by night

     and with the light of Your Face

          when night and day

               are behind us

Creator, You made us of Your own purity

     You made us of Your wholeness
          Restore us, again, to simplicity
          We have broken
          Make us again whole

Creator, make us whole in ourselves,
     whole in the world
     And whole in the unity of all that is

          whole in the unity that You are

You sustain us
     and sustain too all that walks and crawls
          all that burrows and swims and flies
          all that grows, unfurls, and blossoms

     give us the vision and power
          to protect all you have brought to life

Sustainer, the earth is a wonder
     its mountains and oceans, its valleys and rivers
          all unspeakably holy

          all brimming with a beauty
               that can never be spoken

We ask Your blessing on the earth

We ask Your blessing on all

     that comes from the earth

We ask Your blessings on the stars and planets
     without number

We ask Your blessing on all that comes
     from the stars and planets
          without number

We desire, in our bodies
     in our hearts, in our souls
          and between us

          and between all breathing beings
     a harmony like the harmony
          of the stars and planets

               shining and whirling for Your sake

     a music

          like the music of the spheres

You have brought us forth
     we were not always here

          and we will not long linger
     give us the courage and grace

          to fulfill the purpose
               for which You sent us

Our span is too brief, we know,

     to waste in discord and resentment

          teach us kindness, forgiveness,

               and such peace of mind and heart

                    as will unite us with You

                         and all that live within You

Healer of our bodies, hearts, and souls

     Heal, we pray, the divisions that divide us
          men and women
          the old and the young
          people of pale skin and dark skin,

          followers of this prophet and that
          we all belong to you

          keep us united in remembrance of You

               and in service to each other

All who are hungry,
     we pray, may they be fed

All who are wounded,

     we pray, may they be healed,

All who are suffering,
     we pray, may they find relief,

All who are in danger,

     we pray, may they find protection,

All who are dying,

     we pray, may their passage be sanctified
          with the light of Your grace

You who are the truth

     May we awaken to Your truth
     May we flourish in Your light
     May we walk in remembrance
     May we unite in the service of Your creation

May this creation thrive in the glory

     of Your endless blessings

And may all that has come from You

     return to you

          in wisdom

          in joy
          and in peace.


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Pir Zia Inayat-Khan is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. He received his B.A. (Hons) in Persian Literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. Pir Zia is founder of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, and also of Sulūk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the U.S. and Europe. His most recent books are Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest and Caravan of Souls: An Introduction to the Sufi Path of Hazrat Inayat Khan, both published by Sulūk Press, an imprint of Omega Publications.

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Comments (1)
  • Such an exquisite prayer. Thank you Pir Zia, for this beautiful expression of unity with our Creator and all that is. It reminds me just a little bit of Pope Francis’ prayer at the end of his recent Encyclical, Laudato Si:

    A prayer for our earth

    All-powerful God,
    you are present in the whole universe
    and in the smallest of your creatures.
    You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love,
    that we may protect life and beauty.
    Fill us with peace, that we may live
    as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
    O God of the poor,
    help us to rescue the abandoned
    and forgotten of this earth,
    so precious in your eyes.
    Bring healing to our lives,
    that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty,
    not pollution and destruction.
    Touch the hearts
    of those who look only for gain
    at the expense of the poor and the earth.
    Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
    to be filled with awe and contemplation,
    to recognize that we are profoundly united
    with every creature
    as we journey towards your infinite light.
    We thank you for being with us each day.

    Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

    — Angela Manno on June 30, 2015

29 June 2015

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