The Vehicle of Light

The following seven prayer movements are taken from

The Door of Prayer (The Treasure, No. 9)

First Movement
Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-RaheemIn the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Name of the Position: Qiyam (Standing upright)

The State of Belief: Islam (Outward submission)

The desert Arabs say ‘We believe’
[amana]
Say, “Ye believe not,but rather
say ‘we submit’ [aslamna]
for the faith [iman] hath not yet
entered into your hearts.”
Holy Qur’an 49:14

The State of the Self: Nafs al-Ammara (the Animal Self)
“The (human) soul is certainly
prone to evil ‘
Holy Quran 12:53

The Name of Allah: Al Hayy (the Ever-Living)

First ta’waf
(circumambulation)
around the Ka’ba (the House of
Allah) in Mecca.

The Ka’ba is the outward house
symbolic of the inward House of
Allah, the Heart.
First Earth
Awareness of the body

First Heaven
Adam

Second Movement

Alhumdulillahi Rabbil ‘Alameen

Absolute praise is for God Alone, the Lord of All Domains of Existence.

The Name of the Position: Ruku (Bowing)

The State of Belief: Iman (Belief)
“Each one of the men of
faith believeth in
Allah, His Angels, His Books &
His Messengers”
Holy Qur’an 2:285

The State of the Self: Nafs al-Lawwama
(The Complaining Self)
“And I do call to witness the
self-reproaching spirit: (eschew evil).”
Holy Qur’an 75:2

The Name of Allah: Al Alim (the All-Knowing)

Second ta’waf

Awakening the consciousness.

Second Earth
Awareness of the body

Second Heaven
Yahya & Isa
(John the Baptist & Jesus, son
of Mary)

Third Movement

Ar-Rahman ir-Raheem
The Compassionate, the Merciful

The Name of the Position: Second Qiyam (Standing upright)

The State of Belief: Ihsan (Perfection)
“Verily, in the Messenger of
Allah
ye have a beautiful example….”
Holy Qur’an 33:21

The State of the Self: Nafs al-Mulhamma (the Inspired Self)
“By the soul, and the proportion
and order given to it”.
Holy Qur’an 91:7

The Name of Allah: Al Iradat (Desire)

Third ta’waf (circumambulation)

Third Earth

Third Heaven
Yusuf (Joseph)

Fourth Movement

Maaliki yaum-id deen
King of Judgement Day

The Name of the Position: Sajda (Prostration)

The State of Belief: ‘Ilm al-Yaqin
(Knowledge of Certainty)
This knowledge comes from hearing
about the Fire of Truth.

The State of the Self: Nafs al-Mutma’inna
(the Self at Peace)
“(To the righteous soul will be said:)

“O (thou) soul in (complete) rest
and satisfaction
Holy Qur’an 89:27

The Name of Allah: Al Qadir (All – Powerful)

Fourth Ta’waf
(circumambulation)

Fourth Earth

Fourth Heaven
Idries / Enoch

Fifth Movement

Iyyaaka na’budu wa iyyaka nasta’een
You Alone we worship, and to You Alone we pray for help

The Name of the Position: Jalsa (Sitting)

The State of Belief: ‘Ayn al-Yaqin ( Eye of Certainty)
This knowledge comes from seeing
the light of the Fire
with the inner eye, the basirah.
“Musa said to his household:
Verily beyond all doubt I have seen
a fire
I will bring you tidings of it
[ie. ‘ilm al-yaqin] or I will bring you
a flaming brand that ye may warm
yourselves.
[ie. ‘ayn al-yaqin].”
Holy Qur’an 27:7

The State of the Self: Nafs al-Radhiyya
(The Well-Pleased Self)

“Come back thou to thy Lord,
Well Pleased (thyself).”

The Name of Allah: Al Sami’ (All – Hearing)

Fifth Ta’waf (circumambulation)

Fifth Earth

Fifth Heaven
Harun (Aaron)

Sixth Movement

Ihdinas siraat-al-mustaqeem
Guide us, O God, on the Right Path.

The Name of the Position: Second Sajda (Prostration)

The State of Belief: HAQQ al-Yaqin
(The Truth of Certainty)
To be consumed in the Fire.
To become one with Reality.
“But when he[Musa] came to the
fire, a voice was heard:
‘O Musa! verily I am thy Lord!
Therefore in My presence)
put off thy shoes: thou art in the
sacred valley Tuwa.”
Holy Qur’an 20: 11-12

The State of the Self: Nafs al-Mardhiyya
(The Well-Pleasing Self)
“And well-pleasing unto Him!”
Holy Qur’an 89:28

The Name of Allah: Al Basir (All-Seeing)

Sixth Ta’waf

Sixth Earth

Sixth Heaven
Musa (Moses)

Seventh Movement

Siraat-al ladheena an’amta ‘alayhim ghayril maghdubi ‘aayhim walad dhaaleen. Ameen.

The Path of those You have favoured. Not of those who are the object of Your displeasure, or of those who go astray. Ameen

The Name of the Postition: Second Jalsa (Sitting at Rest)

The State of Belief: Islam
(Total Submission to Allah)
Islam – the very essence of Islam
is istislam, which
is going to meet the Divine Will in
utter compliance.
“Behold! His Lord said to him
[Ibrahim]: ‘Surrender! (aslim)
He said:’I have surrendered
(aslamtu) to the Lord of the
Worlds!”
Holy Qur’an 2:13

The State of the Self: Nafs al-Kamila (The Perfect Self)
The Life of the Senses
(Hayyat al Sha’ur)
“Enter thou, then, among My
slaves!”
Holy Qur’an 89:29

The Name of Allah: Al Mutakalim (Speech)

Seventh Ta’waf

Seventh Earth

Seventh Heaven
Ibrahim (Abraham)