Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever recites the following (Durood), then he will (engage and) tire seventy angels (in recording the reward of the durood recited) for one thousand mornings.
جَزَى اللهُ عَنَّا مُحَمَّدًا مَّا هُوَ أَهْلُهُ
May Allah Ta’ala reward Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on our behalf as he is worthy (i.e. a reward that befits his esteemed position).
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)’s Love for his Ummah
It has been recorded in ‘Mawaahib Ladunniya’ from ‘Tafseer Qushairy’ that on the day of Judgement a believer shall appear for reckoning with a small measure of righteous deeds. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) shall appear and place on the side of the righteous deeds a small piece of paper that will be the size of the tip of one’s finger. The result will be that the scale of good deeds will far outweigh the evil deeds. Seeing this, the believer will exclaim, “May my mother and father be sacrificed for your sake, who are you? How beautiful is your physical appearance, and how sublime is your conduct.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) shall answer: “Verily I am your Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). This which I have placed on your scale is the salaat and salaam that you used to recite upon me during your lifetime. Now I have come to your aid and assistance at your time of need.”
Glad Tidings from the Side of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
Hadhrat Muhammad Al-‘Utbi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) relates: “I entered Madina Munawwarah, and presented myself before the mubaarak grave of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Subsequently I had seen a villager arrive. He seated his camel at the door of the Musjid and presented himself before the mubaarak grave of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). He offered his salaam with utmost humility and love, and supplicated to Allah Ta’ala in Duaa in a beautiful way.
He then said:
“O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), may my parents be sacrificed for you. Indeed Allah Ta’ala had divinely selected you as his final messenger and revealed wahy (revelation of the Qur’an) to you. He revealed to you such a unique book (the Qur’an Majeed), that encompasses the knowledge of the former and the latter Ambiyaa and Rasuls. Allah Ta’ala has stated in the Qur’an Majeed, and His word is the truth:
وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُوا أَنفُسَهُمْ جَاءُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا اللَّـهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُوا اللَّـهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا ﴿النساء: ٦٤﴾
And if, they (the servants of Allah) after wronging themselves (through committing sins), had come to you, [O Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)], and begged Allah Ta’ala’s forgiveness, and the Messenger had sought forgiveness on their behalf, they would have surely found Allah Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.
The villager then said: O Nabi of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) “I have come to your grave in compliance to the verse of Allah Ta’ala. I admit that I have wronged myself by committing excessive sins and I beg you to intercede on my behalf by Allah Ta’ala.” He then turned to the mubaarak grave and poured out his heart reciting the following couplets:
يَا خَيْرَ مَنْ دُفِنَتْ بِالْقَاعِ أَعْظَمُهُ * * فَطَابَ مِنْ طِيْبِهِنَّ الْقَاعُ وَالْأَكَمُ
O the greatest from all those who are buried beneath the earth! From the splendid fragrance emitting from your mubaarak limbs, the mountains and plains become fragranced.
أَنْتَ النَّبِيُّ الَّذِي تُرْجَى شَفَاعَتُهُ * * عِنْدَ الصِّرَاطِ إِذَا مَا زَلَّتِ الْقَدَمُ
You are that Nabi whose intercession is hoped for at the crucial moment when the feet will slip on the bridge of Jahanum (i.e. the pul siraat)
نَفْسِي الْفِدَاءُ لِقَبْرٍ أَنْتَ سَاكِنُهُ * * فِيهِ الْعَفَافُ وَفِيهِ الْجُودُ وَالْكَرَمُ
May my life be sacrificed for that grave wherein you are residing, in it is buried the treasures of purity, nobility and generosity.
وَ صَاحِبَاكَ لَا أَنْسَاهُمَا أَبَدًا * * مِنِّي السَّلَامُ عَلَيكُمْ مَا جَرَى الْقَلَمُ
I will never forget your two illustrious companions (Hadhrat Abu Bakr and Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhuma)) as long as the pen (of taqdeer) continues writing. May salutations and salaams be conveyed to you all from my side.
After reciting these beautiful words in praise and honour of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), the villager mounted his conveyance and began to leave. Muhammad Al-‘Utbi (the narrator of the incident) says, “I was overcome by sleep and in a vision I had seen Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) addressed me saying, ‘O ‘Utbi! Hasten towards the villager and give him the glad tidings from my side that Allah Ta’ala has forgiven his sins.’
يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّم دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ