Supplication is the essence of worship. The Prophet Muhammad said that Duaa is the real worship for God responds to our supplications. Only when Tariqat(longing for the beloved is acheived) that Duaa propels spiritual evolution of the Murid. So Duaa is also Haqiqat where the Murid presents oneself before the altar of the All Pervading God.
The first chapter of the Holy Quran is called the Sura Fatiha which is recited in every prayer and other remembrance:
1. In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful.
2. Praise be to God, the cherisher and the sustainer of the world.
3. Most Gracious and most merciful.
4. Master of the Day of Judgement.
5.Thee do we worship and thee do we seek.
6.Show us the path that leads us to thee.
7.The way of those on whom thou has bestowed thy grace, those who do not go ahstray.
Admit me to the paradise of thy mercy, O thou most gracious and merciful. O lord I seek thy protection against desires. O lord I seek thy protection from all evil which pertains to this day and hereafter. O lord I seek thy protection that I may not destroy anything under my feet. O God I seek thy protection against intellectual delusion and poverty of faith. Grant me thy grace that I may not lead others astray.
Duaa consists of rituals such as salat, which is an obligatory prayer which every disciple who surrenders their will to the will of the All Pervading Divine(Islam) performs five times a day. Khwaja says:
“Burn yourself with the love of God And be one with ONE and glow”.
Those disciples who practice supplication come under the influence of the Muhabbat of the All Pervading Divine. These disciples always are in the consciousness of the Divine and they serve rather than manage society. The key to liberation from the bonds of ego is to serve the society rather than be ambitious to manage societies.
Supplication creates a very personal bond between the disciple and the Divine Beloved for only when a child understands that whatever the All Pervading has in store for us is for our own betterment than the disciple surrenders their will to the will of the All Pervading Divine and is not influenced by insignificant superficial differences compartmentalising nations and categorising human beings on the basis of colour, caste or class and religious preferences.
Most gracious Lord, Master messiah and Saviour of Humanity, we greet Thee with all humility. Thou are the first cause and the last effect, the Divine Light and the spirit of Guidance, Alpha and Omega, thy Light is in all forms, Thy Love in all beings in a loving mother, in a kind father, in an innocent child, in a helpful friend, in an inspiring teacher. Allow us to recognise Thee in all Thy holy names and forms as Rama, as Krishna, as Shiva, as Buddha. Let us know Thee as Abraham, as Solomon, as Zarathustra, as Guru Nanak, as Moses, as Jesus, as Mohammad, and in many other names and forms, known and unknown to the world.
We adore Thy past: Thy presence deeply enlightens our being and we look for Thy blessing in future, O Messenger, Christ, Nabi the Rasool (s.a.w) of God, thou whose heart constantly reaches upward; Thou comes on earth with a message as a dove from above when Dharma decayeth and speaker the word that is put in thy mouth as the light fills the crescent moon. Let the star of Divine Light, shining in my heart, be reflected in the hearts of Thy devotees.
May the Message of God reach far and wide, illuminating and making the whole humanity as single Brotherhood in the Fatherhood of God.