WOLVERHAMPTON INTER FAITH COUNCIL
PRAYERS FOR PEACE 2009
St Peters Collegiate Church, 25.01.2009
Read by Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
Prophet’s Prayer For The Envious People
O Thou that givest aliment and power and stability,
Set free the people from their instability.
To the soul that is bent double by envy
Give uprightness in the path of duty,
Give them self-control, “weigh down their scales,”
Release them from the arts of deceivers.
Redeem them from envying, O gracious One,
That through envy they be not stoned like Iblis.
Even in their fleeting prosperity, see how the people
Burn up wealth and men through envy!
See the kings who lead forth their armies
To slay their own people from envy!
Lovers of sweethearts have conceived jealousy,
And attempted one another’s lives,
Read “Wais and Ramin” and “Khosrau and Shirin”
To see what these fools have done to one another.
Lovers and beloved have both perished;
And not themselves only, but their love as well.
‘Tis God alone who agitates these nonentities
Making one nonentity fall in love with another.
In the heart that is no heart envy comes to a head,
Thus Being troubles nonentity.
From Rumi’s Masnavi
“qul acodhu bi- rabb al- falaq
min sharr maa khalaqa
wa- min sharr ghaasiq ‘idhaa waqaba
wa- min sharr an- naffaathaat fe al- cuqad
wa- min sharr h.aasid ‘idhaa h.asada”
“Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn,
From the mischief of created things;
From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads;
From the mischief of those who practice Secret Arts;
And from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy”
Holy Qur’an 113 “Surah Al-Falaq”