The Service of Universal Peace comprises the religious activity of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. It is based upon the traditional Universal Worship Service, which was created by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse religious traditions of the world, externally in the beauty of their distinctions and differences, and internally in the transformative and healing power of their inner Unity in One Source.
Conducted by ministers called Cherags (Lamps of the Message) and Sirajs (senior ministers), the Service honors the world's religious traditions including the Divine Feminine, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Native and Indigenous Ways, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Other sacred traditions and paths that may be pertinent to specific time and place may also be included in the celebration of Universal Peace.
For each tradition, a candle is lit, a selection from the sacred scriptures is read, and a spiritual practice is shared, engaging the hearts, minds, and bodies of the participants with the Living Transmission of the particular Divine Quality or Aspect manifesting through that religion, such as Wisdom, Self-Sacrifice, Purity, and others.
A final candle is then lit for the Spirit of Guidance, said by Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan to represent “all those, known and unknown, who have held aloft the Light of Truth throughout the darkness of human ignorance.”
Services of Universal Peace may be formal, reflecting the original service developed for the West nearly 100 years ago, or innovative, suiting the needs of various communities, times and places.
Many local ministers are skilled in co-creating rites of passage including weddings and memorial services; many are available to serve the ceremonial needs of the general public.