Pir Vilayat conducting a Universal Worship service
The Universal Worship is the religious activity of the Sufi Order. It is based upon the unity of religious ideals, and celebrates the underlying truth that is reflected in all the world's faiths. Hazrat Inayat Khan created a service in which the major religions of both the East and the West are represented by candles and scriptures on a single altar. The service ultimately acknowledges "all those who, whether known or unknown, have held aloft the light of truth through the darkness of human ignorance." Each service has a theme, which is addressed in readings from the scriptures of the major traditions and amplified upon in a closing sermon.
The Universal Worship ordains ministers, known as Cherags (lamps). A Cherag is empowered to perform marriages and give other sacraments. Ordination follows a long process of study, training, and meditation during which the candidate is also encouraged to connect deeply with his or her own religious roots.
Universal Worship usually takes place on the first Sunday in every month at 5.30pm at The Sufi Order (UK). Please check Events for dates and times.