عن عبد الله بن مسعود قال إذا أراد أحدكم أن يسأل فليبدأ بالمدحة والثناء على الله بما هو أهله ثم ليصل على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ثم ليسأل بعد فإنه أجدر أن ينجح (المعجم الكبير للطبراني، الرقم: ٨٧٨٠، ورجاله رجال الصحيح إلا أن أبا عبيدة لم يسمع من أبيه كما في مجمع الزوائد، الرقم: ١٧٢٥٥)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has mentioned, “When any of you intends to make dua to Allah Ta‘ala, then he should commence his dua by praising and glorifying Allah Ta‘ala with praises that are befitting His majesty and honour. He should then send Durood (salutations) upon Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and he should thereafter make dua, as (through following this method of making dua,) it is more likely that he will be successful (in his dua being answered).”
The Tree that made Salaam to Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)
Hazrat Ya’laa bin Murrah Thaqafee (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports:
We were once travelling with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) when we halted at a certain place. After halting, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) went to sleep. Thereafter, a tree came, forging its way through the earth, until it covered Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), after which it left and returned to its place.
When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) awoke, I mentioned to him what had transpired. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “It is a tree that asked its Rabb for permission to (come to me and) make Salaam to me. Allah Ta’ala granted permission to this tree.” (Musnad Ahmad #17565)