“The TAHLIL is the highest prayer of worship and oneness.”
786…. Barkay Serigne Saliou 7x
The 1st salat is the salat of duality and approach to the Divine presence. The 2nd salat is the salat of Oneness and ascension. The 1st salat is the salat of one who has Islam, the second salat is the salat of one Hu has reached the exalted station of Ihsan. The 1st worshiper see’s himself as other than Allah, and begins his prayer with the idea of separateness and remoteness from Allah. The 2nd worshiper, having an understanding of the inner esoteric meaning of La ee la ha ill Allah(God is the Only Reality) does not perceive of duality or any other being having existence with Allah. From this lofty view point the worshiper does not see his self as separate from Allah and starts his prayer from the view point of Oneness with God.
Our beloved nabi Muhammad alay he salam has said “the salat is the miraj(night journey of ascension) of the true believer.” In the salat all of the 70,000 veils of light between Allah and man are dropped and the worshiper stands face to face with his Lord. When the worshiper has reached the station of as-shaheed (the witness) the face they behold will be none other than their own face. the Murid sufi way is from Allah, to Allah, with Allah, in Allah. Our beloved Bawa Muhayadeen has said “only Allah can pray to Allah.”
Thanks for asking this deep question. lets converse via email during this holy month of Ramadan and insha Allah we can bring some clarity to your questions about traveling this beautiful path of Oneness….
— love and light- sufi