Join us for a communal recitation of the Prayer of the Oppressed in dedication to victims of violence in our city.

Hamza Yusuf's book, Prayer of the Oppressed, translated along with a brilliant commentary on the nature of oppression and MP3 recordings of a soulful recitation of the prayer/poem by the famous Fez Singers of Morocco, will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit efforts to relieve oppression locally and globally through Zakat Foundation of America (ZF).

About the Prayer:

The prayer of the Oppressed is a poetic devotional prayer that seeks to end the violence and oppression that is so rampant in our world today. The power of the prayer lies in its simplicity, its purity, and its sincere supplication. It is essentially a plea to God that our transgressions be overlooked, that divine mercy be bestowed upon us, that social justice be restored in spite of us, that wrongs be righted, and that righteousness reign once again in our lands, so that the destitute may no longer be in need, the young may be educated, the animals’ purpose fulfilled, rain restored, and bounties poured forth. Ultimately, it asks not that our enemies be destroyed, but simply that their plots, and the harm they cause, be halted. Its essence is mercy, which in turn is the essence of the Messenger of God, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him: “And We have only sent you as a mercy to all the worlds.” External Event Url
First Unitarian Church of Chicago
5650 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL, United States