Universal Sufi Prayers

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Universal Sufi Prayers are also known as the Confraternity Prayers.

The three prayers read daily by Universal Sufis. They are not obligatory. but recommended by their author Inayat Khan. [1]

Inayat Khan was the founder of the Sufi Order in the West in 1914 (London) and teacher of Universal Sufism

Hazrat Inayat Rehmat Khan Pathan was the founder of the Sufi Order in the West in 1914 (London) and teacher of Universal Sufism. He initially came to the West as a Northern Indian classical musician, having received the honorific "Tansen" from the Nizam of Hyderabad, but he soon turned to the introduction and transmission of Sufi thought and practice. Later, in 1923, the Sufi Order of the London period was dissolved into a new organization, formed under Swiss law, called the "International Sufi Movement".

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Dhikr are devotional acts in Islam in which short phrases or prayers are repeatedly recited silently within the mind or aloud. It can be counted on a set of prayer beads or through fingers of the hand. A person who recites the Dhikr is called a ḏākir . Tasbih (تسبيح) is a form of dhikr that involves the repetitive utterances of short sentences glorifying God. The content of the prayers includes the names of God, or a duʿāʾ taken from the hadith or the Quran.

The prayer was written by Inayat Khan and read by Universal Sufis as a prayer for the building of a universal centre of worship - the "Universel," which would have a function similar to the Bahá'í House of Worship.

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Midday prayers

Evening prayers

Additional prayers

Read on certain occasions or before certain activities, including:

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