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Salawaat by Sufi Mashaaikh
An Appreciation by Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad


Allah commands us to go for Hajj if we have the means, and when we are ready to go for Hajj, we say Labbaik (meaning, I am ready to obey Your orders, O Allah). Allah also commands us in the Holy Qur'an to send blessings and salutations on the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam and what a pleasant surprise it is to find a salaat in Part 1 of Dalaail u'l Khairaat with the relevant verse (33:56) and the response of Labbaik as follows:

Innallaha wa Malaaikatahoo Yusalloona 'ala'n Nabiyy
Yaa ayyuhalladheena Aamanu Salloo 'alaihi wa Saallimoo Tasleemaa
Labbaik Allahumma Rabbee wa Sa'dayk
Salawaatullahi'l Barrir-Raheem wa'l Malaaikati'l Muqarrabeen
Wa'n-Nabiyyeen wa's-Siddiqeen wa'sh-Shuhadaai wa's-Saaliheen
Wa maa Sabbaha Laka min shay-in Yaa Rabba'l 'Aalameen
'Alaa Sayyidina Muhammad ibni 'Abdillah
Khaatamin Nabiyyeen wa Sayyidi'l Mursaleen
Wa Imam-i'l Muttaqeen wa Rasuli Rabbi'l 'Aalameen
Ash-Shaahidi'l Bashir-i'd-Daa'ee Ilayka
Bi-Idhnika's-Siraaji'l Muneeri wa 'Alayhissalaam.

Surely, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet.
O you who believe! Send blessings on him
and salute him with a worthy salutation.
I am here and ready to obey You O Allah, my Sustainer.
May the blessings of Allah, the Righteous, the Merciful,
and the angels who are close to You (O Allah)
and the Prophets, the Truthful, the martyrs and the pious
and those of Your creation that praise You O Lord of the Worlds,
(may the blessings of all of them)
be on Sayyidina Muhammad ibn 'Abdillah
the Seal of the Prophets, the leader of the Messengers of Allah
and the leader of those who are in reverential awe of Allah,
and a Messenger from the Lord of the Worlds,
a witness who brought glad tidings and who calls people to You
O Allah with Your permission,
who is a shining light,
and many salutations to him as well.

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