“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.”
– The Cow 2: 186
Supplication or prayer, according to the teachings of The Way of Love, is more than just the act of asking the Divine for our material or spiritual wants or needs based on our limited knowledge of what is best for our lives. Supplication is an “invitation”, which is the translation of the Sacred Arabic word used for it “du’a”, for the Divine to fulfill our needs and wants based on His Limitless Knowledge of what is best for us when it is best for us. Gratitute, contentment, patience, and broken-heartedness are the prophetic virtues that become firmly rooted in the heart one who understands this well. Prayer is an invitation for the Light of the Divine to shine through our lives, it is an expression of our need of the One Who has no needs, and ultimately supplication is a practical manifestation of our emptiness and powerlessness without a connection to our most benevolent Maker.
Emotional and mental connection to Ultimate Reality is one of the greatest fruits of supplication. It is an ancient science with specific courtesies, optimal times, opportune places, which is especially facilitated for those in service of others or hardship.
The spiritual practice of prophetic supplication integrates meditation, invocation, and at times divine recitation into one complete experience of transcendence experienced throughout one’s daily activities from the time one wakes in the morning until one retires to bed at night. Waking up, using the toilet, wearing clothes, eating, leaving your home, driving a vehicle, sexual intercourse, earning a livelihood, changes in weather, the birth of an infant and just about any human condition one can imagine have a supplication that serves as a key to unlocking the sacredness in that act. This is when Sacred Living truly begins.
These are prayers of great beauty and power that reveal the hidden significance of the most mundane activities in the spiritual world, connect us with loving spiritual beings around us, and provide us with guidance about which virtues we must internalize in order to progress on the path to becoming truly human beings in service to our fellow creatures.
Initially, a few supplications of the prophets and sages should be read with understanding, then they should be memorized, then they should be embodied, and then gradually one begins to experience the divine gift of unique supplications through one’s own soul that in turn become sources of sacredness and divine grace for one’s community.
“Supplication is the weapon of the faithful”, said Muhammad the Prophet (God bless his beautiful soul and immerse him in peace). Our greatest weapon is not the nuclear bomb, or a gun, or knife, becuae our greatest enemy is not physical but is immaterial. The lower self, satanic qualities, destructive appetites, and psychic attachment to the lower world, are our great enemies and supplication is our greatest weapon against being conquered by them. To be conquered by them means the loss of our humanity, to emerge victorious over them means the realization of God’s divinity.