Song of the Prophets
The Unity of Religious Ideals
by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Now more than ever before, the world needs Hazrat Inayat Khan’s thoughtful insights on the essential unity of religious ideals as a way of interfaith understanding. In clear and eloquent language, he identifies the spiritual thread that unifies the messages brought by the world’s great religious teachers.
Based on original transcripts, this volume attempts to present the teachings in the very words that Hazrat Inayat spoke.
Song of the Prophets contains most of the material from sermons given by Hazrat Inayat Khan at interfaith Universal Worship services between 1924 and 1926, as well as the material on the great teachers of humanity.
Reviews for Song of the Prophets:
“In these pages, Hazrat Inayat Khan unmasks the mystery of perhaps the most vexing question ever to challenge the human mind, running across the tides of religious growth through history: What exactly is it that one means by God?”
– From the introduction by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan.
“Inayat Khan’s insistence on the unity of mysticism and the oneness of God, along with his openness to all spiritual paths, is an important corrective to sectarianism.”
Read an excerpt from Song of the Prophets:
“Perhaps a person belongs to the best religion in the world. He does not live it, but belongs to it. He says that he is a Muslim, or a Christian, or a Jew. He is sure it is the best religion, but at the same time he does not care to live it—he just belongs to it, and thinks that belonging to a certain religion, which is an accepted religion, is all that is needed. And people of all different religions have made it appear so, owing to their enthusiasm, and forced by their mission in life. For they have made facilities for those who belong to their particular religion, saying that by the very fact of their belonging to that particular religion they will be saved on the Day of Judgment; while others, with all their good actions, will not be saved, because they do not belong to that particular religion. This is a man-made idea, not God-made. God is not the Father of one sect; God is the Father of the whole world, and all are entitled to be called His children, whether worthy or unworthy. And in fact, it is man’s attitude toward God and Truth which can bring him closer to God, who is the ideal of every soul. And if this attitude is not developed, then whatever a man’s religion be, he has failed to live it. Therefore, what is important in life is to try and live the religion to which one belongs, or that one esteems, or that one believes to be one’s religion.”