In the Name of Allah’s Boundless Compassion and Infinite Love
In salat I find the refreshment for my eyes.
Salat is the ascension of the believer.
Oral traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him
We wish to offer here a simple transcription of the salat prayer according to the traditional form used by the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order and lightly elucidated with teachings from Atom from the Sun of Knowledge by Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi.
Salat–the bezel for the jewel of Quranic chant–takes a cyclically patterned form. As phrases and verses of Quran are melodiously recited, the lover of Allah passes through various contemplative movements and postures. A cycle of prayer or rakat begins with the standing posture, hands gently clasped; then the body moves into bowing at the hips until the back is parallel to the earth; rising briefly to standing again; plunging gracefully into prostration, forehead on the ground; raising the head and torso and shifting back into a briefly held seated position; then finally melting into a second prostration, completing the rakat.
During the daily cycle of prayer-times, there are different lengths of prayer: some two rakats, some three, and some four. Therefore in this transcription we have indicated the option of completing the prayer at the conclusion of two, three, and four rakats. The daily pattern of differing prayer lengths are provided at the end of the workbook.
Salat is most effortlessly learned by participating in group prayers, in which one can follow and become one with the greater communal body, as it peacefully praises and prostrates, dissolves into Divine light and reemerges as Divine light.