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Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam

An Appreciation by Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad


We pray in the Holy Qur'an Kareem:

Truly, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. (33:56)

In this verse, Allah, The Glorified and the Exalted, The One and Only Who is worthy of worship, The Creator, The Nourisher and The Sustainer, The Sovereign Lord Who has no partner in His Kingdom, issues two commands to the mu'mineen (believers): to send salawaat (blessings) on the Holy Prophet Sayyidina wa Mawlana Hadhrat Muhammad al-Mustafa Sall'Allahu 'alaihi wa Sallam and to send salaams (salutations) on him.

We pray in the Hadith Shareef:

Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud Rady Allahu Anhu reports that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa Sallam said, "The person who asks blessings upon me abundantly will be nearest to me on the Day of Judgement" (Tirmidhi).

Sayyidina al-Imam al-Habib 'Abdallah bin 'Alawi al-Haddad Rady Allahu 'Anhu (1044-1132 A.H) of Hadhramaut has explained the importance of sending blessings and salutations on the Holy Prophet Sall'Allahu 'alaihi wa Sallam in Risalatu'l Mu'awanah (The Book of Assistance). Translation is by Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi.

"Adopt a wird of prayers for the Messenger of God, may blessings and peace be upon him, for this will be a connection between you and the Prophet, and a door through which assistance and his presence flows in abundance to you. He has said, may blessings and peace be upon him: 'The one who prays upon me once, upon him God prays ten times'. And: 'The most beloved to me and the nearest in sitting to me on the Day of Rising are those of you who pray on me the most.' God has exhorted you to do this, so obey, do it abundantly if you wish, add salutations (salam), and include his family. In particular, repeat it frequently on Thursday night and on Friday, for he has said, may blessings and peace be upon him: 'Increase the number of your prayers on me in the White Night and the Bright Day.' May God bless him and his family, and grant them peace. And praise belongs to God, the Lord of the Worlds". (p.30)

He reports another Hadith Shareef in An-Nasaaih-id-Diniyya (Religious Advices, p.94):

Inna Lillahi Malaikatan Sayyaheena fi'l Ardhi
Yuballigunahu 'alayhi's Salaatu wa's Salaamu
Salaata man yusallee 'alahyi min ummatihi.

Truly, Allah has angels who go about the earth
and bring to the Prophet the blessings and salutations offered by his followers.

To fulfil these Qur'anic and Prophetic exhortations, all Muslims pray every day at least one tasbih (100 times) of salawaat and salaams on the blessed Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdillah Sall'Allahu 'alaihi wa Sallam. And the awliya (saints), the saleheen (pious) and the ulama (learned) have compiled many kutub (books) of salawaat and salaams on the beloved Prophet Sall'Allahu 'alaihi wa Sallam.

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