The Virtues and Blessings of Reciting Durood upon Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

This entry is part 1 of 46 in the series Virtues of Durood and Salaam

Dome 2بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين سيدنا ومولانا محمد وآله وصحبه اجمعين وبعد:

All praise is due to Allah Ta’ala. May the choicest durood (salutations) and salaam (peace) descend upon the noblest of Ambiyaa and Rasuls, our master and leader, Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and upon his blessed household and all his illustrious companions.

It is the belief of every believer that those who enjoy the highest rank after Allah Ta’ala are the Ambiyaa (may Allah Ta’ala’s choicest blessings rain upon them), and from among the galaxy of Ambiyaa, the highest in rank and status is Hazrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Not only was Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) sent to this ummah as the final messenger of Allah Ta’ala and the seal of prophethood, but he was also the leader of all the Ambiyaa and Rasuls of the past.

Allah Ta’ala’s love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) can be easily gauged from the style and manner in which Allah Ta’ala has addressed him in many places of the Holy Qur’an. The honour conferred to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) by Allah Ta’ala on the occasion of Me’raj was an honour not enjoyed by any other Messenger of the past. Furthermore, when Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) will be ushered into the court of Allah Ta’ala on the day of Qiyaamah to the esteemed pedestal of maqaam mahmood so that he may intercede for the entire humanity, his distinct position will be envied by all the Ambiyaa and Rasuls and their nations.

The blessings and virtues of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) are so immense and incredible that it is impossible for anyone to enumerate them all.

Undoubtedly, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is the greatest of Allah Ta’ala’s creation. It is the greatest honour for every ummati of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to be linked to him, the Imaam of all the Ambiyaa of Allah Ta’ala.  Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is the source of hidaayat (guidance) for humanity at large, for it was none other than Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) who had shown us the path of guidance, through which we can earn success in this world and eternal bliss and salvation in the Hereafter. The ability of worshipping and recognizing Allah Ta’ala correctly, and simultaneously fulfilling the rights of fellow humans, also depends entirely upon emulating the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).

Furthermore, when we study the mubaarak life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), we realize that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) possessed intense love for not only his family and Sahaabah, but for every ummati till the day of Qiyaamah. The perpetual concern and overwhelming anxiety that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had for every ummati is inconceivable and unimaginable.

A person will generally honor and show importance to people according the favors that he enjoys from them. Hence, one will show utmost respect and honor to his parents, as they were the means through which he entered the world. Similarly, one will honor his Ustaad, as his ustaad was the means for him learning Deen. However, the absolute greatest favor and privilege that every ummati enjoys is that of Deen, and it was Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) who was the means of Deen reaching us. Therefore, he should be shown the greatest love and obedience from all Allah Ta’ala’s creation.

Among the rights that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) possesses over us is that we obey him in all that he has commanded, we lead a life in total conformity to his mubaarak Sunnah, and we continuously recite durood and salaam upon him, as we are instructed by Allah Ta’ala in the Holy Qur’an:

إِنَّ اللَّـهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Allah and His angels send blessings upon the Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). O you who believe! Send durood and salaam upon him.

Each ummati has the greatest love of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) within his heart, however due to worldly involvement, he forgets to take out time to recite durood upon Rasulullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallm). Hence, this book was prepared with the aim of rekindling the love of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) within our hearts and with the aim of creating the motivation to send Durood upon him and follow his mubaarak sunnah in all facets of our lives.

We make Duaa to Allah Ta’ala that he accept this humble effort and make it a means of us being blessed with the intercession of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and His mubaarak company in the Hereafter.

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Reward for a Thousand Days

This entry is part 2 of 46 in the series Virtues of Durood and Salaam

Madina Munawwarahعن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم من قال جزى الله عنا محمدا بما هو أهله أتعب سبعين كاتبا ألف صباح (الطبراني في الأوسط رقم 235 )

Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever recites (the following Durood), then Allah Ta’ala will tire seventy angels (to continue writing reward for the reciter) for one thousand days.

جَزَى اللهُ عَنَّا مُحَمَّدًا مَّا هُوَ أَهْلُهُ

May Allah Ta’ala reward Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on our behalf such a reward that he is worthy of.

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:

Continue reading Reward for a Thousand Days →

Receive Full Measure on the Scales on the Day of Qiyaamah

This entry is part 3 of 46 in the series Virtues of Durood and Salaam

Madina Munawwarahعَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ  رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ عَنِ النَّبِىِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَنْ سَرَّهُ أَنْ يَكْتَالَ بِالْمِكْيَالِ الأَوْفَى إِذَا صَلَّى عَلَيْنَا أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ فَلْيَقُلِ اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِىِّ الأُمِّيِّ  وَأَزْوَاجِهِ أُمَّهَاتِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ وَأَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ (رواه ابو داود رقم 984)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whosoever desires that his deeds be measured in full measure on the day of Qiyaamah, then at the time he recites durood upon me and my household he should say: ‘O Allah, shower Your choicest durood (blessings) upon Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), the unlettered nabi, and his wives who are the mothers of the believers, and his offspring, and the members of his household, in a similar manner as You showered durood (blessings) upon the household of Hadhrat Ebrahim (Alaihi Salaam). Verily You are all praised and glorious.” 

Conveying Durood on behalf of someone at the Grave of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

Hadhrat Umar ibn Abdul Aziz (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was an illustrious Taabi’ee and a pious and just ruler of Islam. He used to reside in Syria (Damascus was the capital of the Umayyad empire). Such was his love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) that he used to dispatch a messenger from Syria to cross over the desert and go to Madina Munawwarah, with the sole purpose of conveying durood on his behalf at the grave of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).

Giving up Sins through the Duaa of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

Hadhrat Ja’far As-Saa’igh (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) relates: “In the neighbourhood of Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) there was a person who was leading a life of sin and vice. One day he attended the discourse of Imam Ahmad (Rahmatullahi Alaihi). Upon entering the majlis of Imam Ahmad (Rahmatullahi Alaihi), he greeted the Imam with salaam. Though Imam Ahmad (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) answered his salaam, however the man perceived that the Imam had shown some disinclination towards him.

He addressed Imam Ahmad (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) saying: “O Abu Abdillah, I notice that you are feeling uncomfortable with my presence. (Perceiving that the Imam’s natural aversion towards him was on account of the sins and transgression he was involved in he said,)  I wish to inform you that I have given up the life of sin and have resolved to lead a life of obedience and submission.

He further explained to Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (Rahmatullahi Alaihi): “Last night I had a dream of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came to me and asked: “Why do you not request me to make duaa for you?”

He replied: “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), due to my excessive sinning and leading a life of transgression, I feel extremely ashamed to come in your presence.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Do not worry, even though you feel ashamed, stand up and I will make duaa to Allah Ta’ala on your behalf.”

He then says that I stood up and Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) made duaa for me. Once I awakened, I had found that Allah Ta’ala had placed natural aversion and resentment within my heart for all the sins I was involved in.

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Receive the Intercession of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

This entry is part 4 of 46 in the series Virtues of Durood and Salaam

Madina Munawwarahعَن رُوَيفِع بْنِ ثَابِت الأنصَارِي رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ أًنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَنْ صَلَّى عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَقَالَ اَلَّلهُمَّ أَنْزِلْهُ المقعَدَ المقَرَّبَ عِنْدَكَ يَومَ القِيَامَة وَجَبَتْ لَهُ شَفَاعَتِي (مسند أحمد)

Hadhrat Ruwayfi’ bin Thaabit Al-Ansaari (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whosoever recites the following durood will be blessed with my intercession on the day of Qiyaamah:

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَنْزِلْهُ المقْعَدَ المقَرَّبَ عِنْدَكَ يَومَ القِيَامَة 

O Allah, shower your choicest durood (blessings) on Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and grant him the lofty position of maqaam-e-mahmood on the day of Qiyaamah

.

The Special Durood of Imaam Shaafi’ee (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)

In “Rowdhatul Ahbaab”, Imaam Isma’eel ibn Ebraheem Muzni (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) (one of Imaam Shaafi’ee (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)’s famous students) reports, “I once saw Imaam Shaafi’ee (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) in a dream after his death and asked him, ‘How did Allah Ta’ala treat you?’ Imaam Shaafi’ee (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) replied, ‘Allah Ta’ala has pardoned me and commanded that I be escorted into Paradise with honour and respect. I have acquired all this through the blessings of one particular durood which I used to recite upon Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).’ I enquired, ‘Which durood is that?’ Imaam Shaafi’ee (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) replied:

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ كُلَّمَا ذَكَرَهُ الذَّاكِرُونَ وَ كُلَّمَا غَفَلَ عَن ذِكْرِهِ الْغَافِلُونَ

O Allah Ta’ala! Bestow mercy upon Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) equivalent to the number of times that all those remember him, and bestow mercy upon Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) equivalent to the number of times that all those forget to remember him. (Fazaail Durood)

 

An Ansari Woman's Anxiety about Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

In the battle of Uhud, the Muslims suffered heavy losses and quite a large number of them were killed. When the news of their heavy casualties reached Madinah Munawwarah, the women came out of their homes eager to know the details of the war.

Continue reading Receive the Intercession of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) →

A Noble act of Charity

This entry is part 5 of 46 in the series Virtues of Durood and Salaam

Madina Munawwarahعَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الخدري عن رَسُولَ الله صَلَّى الله عَلَيه وسَلَّم قَالَ : أيما رَجُلٍ لَمْ يَكُنْ عِندَهُ صَدَقَةٌ ، فَليَقُل في دُعَائِه: اَللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ عَبْدِكَ وَرَسُولِكَ ، وَصَلِّ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ ، وَالْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمِاتِ ، فَإِنَّهَا زَكَاةٌ  (صحيح ابن حبان)

Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whichever person does not possess anything to give in charity, then he should recite the following durood in his duaa, for indeed this will serve as charity for him:

اَللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ عَبْدِكَ وَرَسُولِكَ ، وَصَلِّ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ ، وَالْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمِاتِ

O Allah, send your choicest blessings upon Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) your slave and messenger, and descend blessings upon the believing men and women. 

The Durood for Safety

Musa Zareer (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was one of the great saintly personalities. He once related an incident regarding his personal experience. He says, “I was once travelling on a boat which was about to sink. At that crucial moment  I was overcome with slumber. In a vision I had seen Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), who taught me the following durood and instructed me to tell all the passengers of that boat to recite the durood one thousand times. The passengers began reciting the durood and had not yet reached three hundred times when the condition normalised and the boat was saved. This was all through the barkat of the durood that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had taught.”

أّللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَوةً تُنْجِينَا بِهَا مِن جَمِيعِ الْأَهْوَالِ وَ الْأَفَاتِ وَ تَقْضِي لَنَا بِهَا جَمِيعَ الحَاجَاتِ وَ تُطَهِّرُنَا بِهَا مِن جَمِيعِ السَّيِئَاتِ وَ تَرْفَعُنَا بِهَا أَعْلَى الدَّرَجَاتِ وَ تُبَلِّغُنَا بِهَا أَقْصَى الغَايَاتِ مِن جَمِيعِ الخَيرَاتِ فِي الحَيَوةِ وَ بَعدَ الممَات (اِنَّكَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيئٍ قَدِيرٌ)

O Allah, bestow Your mercy upon Sayyidana Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), such mercy that will save us from all calamites and misfortunes, and that will be a means of fulfilling all our needs and requirements, and that will cleanse us from all evil and sin, and that will raise us to high, lofty positions (in the hereafter), and that will cause us to reach all our desired righteous aims and goals, in this world and the next. Certainly You have power over everything.

 

Longing for the Companionship of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

Continue reading A Noble act of Charity →