Peace, one and all…
In the Name of God, the Infinitely Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful
Praise be to God for His infinite compassion. Praise be to God for His infinite tenderness. Praise be to God for His infinite mercy. Praise be to God in every time and in every place. Praise be to God in every thought and in every deed. Praise be to God in every condition and in every state.
I wanted to share some beautiful prayers of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (God sanctify his noble soul) and of the Mevlevi order (as gathered in the book published by the Threshold Society, The Mevlevi Wird). May Allah pour out his mercy upon the noble soul of Hazrat-i-Pir Mevlana, and upon all those who pass by.
‘The shelter within which I take refuge, the words I will say, and that which I think at each moment of fear, are the words and thoughts of ‘There is no God but God'; against all griefs and troubles, I say, ‘Whatever Allah wishes, occurs'; ‘Praise be to God’ for each blessing that comes to me; I say, ‘Thanks be to Allah’ for each comfort and abundance; ‘Allah is pure from incomplete attributes,’ I say for each astonishing thing I see. For each mistake, O ask from Allah that He might hide the guilt and forgive me. Each time I find myself in difficulty, I say: ‘Allah is enough for me'; against each accident of destiny, I say, ‘God is my support and in Him I trust’. Each time a catastrophe occurs, I say, ‘Truly! We belong to Allah and to Him we return’. Each time I obey servanthood or a command of His, and each time I make a mistake or each time I violate a command, all of my chanting and my ideas are formed by the thoughts: ‘All work and turning around of things belongs to Allah, who is Most High and Most Great; and all power belongs only to Him’
‘My Allah! Illuminate my heart; illuminate my ear; illuminate my eye; illuminate my hair; illuminate my skin; illuminate my flesh; illuminate my blood; illuminate in front of me; illuminate behind me; illuminate under me; illuminate above me; illuminate my right; illuminate my left; My Allah! Increase my light; give me light; O Divine Light of the Divine Light! O Most Merciful of the ones who are merciful! With Your mercy, turn me into divine light!’
‘My Allah! I inhale my breath only for You and with Your power; I exhale my breath again only for You and with Your power. My Allah! I have a longing for Mevlana who has become a means for my reaching You; I also have a longing to be liberated and purified from difficulties, so that I may declare repeatedly that You are free of from incomplete attributes, and so that I may remember You often. My Allah! Don’t give me a disease that may make me forget You, that might weaken the longing I feel for You, that might take away the taste of declaring that You are free from incomplete attributes. But, with Your Compassion, neither give me health that may corrupt me, which might increase my egotism and wrong-doing, O Most Merciful of the merciful ones’
And in closing, this beautiful prayer is called the Rose Prayer (Gulbank):
‘May this moment be blessed. May goodness be opened and may evil be dispelled. May our humble plea be accepted in the Court of Honour; May the Most Glorious God purify and fill our hearts with the Light of His Greatest Name. May the hearts of the lovers be opened. By the breath of our master Mevlana, by the secret of Shams and Weled, by the holy light of Muhammad, by the generosity of Imam Ali, and the intercession of Muhammad, the unlettered prophet, mercy to all the worlds. May we say Hu, Huuu…’