In the Name of Allah, The Rahman, The Raheem.

Human spirit today is depressed everywhere and mankind has come to the edge of destruction, decay and devastation. Everyone is engulfed in untold personal and political miseries and tragedies of a very great magnitude. Mental, physical and spiritual troubles, pain, injustice, war, natural disasters and frustrations have broken the back of a human being. All this can evaporate with the recitation of prayers and peace (known as Durood Shareef or Salawât and Salâm) upon Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who has clearly proclaimed that Durood Shareef is the cure for all diseases or problems and that if any one comes across a calamity he should recite Durood Shareef in the maximum number. Allah Ta’ala has promised that if anyone recites Durood Shareef only once, He showers ten blessings on the reciter immediately.

Al-Bazzar reports in his Musnad that `Umayr ibn al-Ansari radi Allah anhu was cheerful when he heard the Prophet Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say:

“Whoever of my nation invokes blessings upon me, sincerely from his heart,
Allah Ta’ala sends ten blessings upon him.”

Tabarani Al-Kabir 4/46 and Nisa’i 6/21 (9892)

Unfortunately nowadays some Muslims accuse the reciters of Durood Shareef of committing Shirk. Sending Durood Shareef upon Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in no way constitutes Bid’a (innovation) or Shirk (associating partners with Allah Ta‘ala), but rather is obeying a commandment of the one true God Allah Ta‘ala, not in contradiction to Tawhid (Oneness of Allah Ta‘ala). This being proven through the words of Allah Ta’ala in the Holy Qur’an and the words of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Noble Sahih ahadeeth.

Undoubtedly, Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet
O believers! You too send your blessings upon him and salute him with all respect.

Qur’an al-Ahzâb Chapter 33 Verse 56

Respect is one thing and worship is something else. Today all Muslims know they worship Allah Ta’ala and know they should love Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because Allah Ta’ala ordered His servants to respect Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. In prior generations this belief has been a fundamental aspect in every Muslims life. Sadly after the introduction of newly formed Muslim sects such as the Wahhabi and Salafi movements upcoming generations are being fed distorted Aqeedah (beliefs). They declare Muslims to be Mushriks (polytheists) and  because of these new sects, Muslims weak in their understanding of Aqeedah are fearing to show their respect for Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

Allah Ta’ala sends Durood Shareef upon His Beloved Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ceaselessly. We as humans are only sending Durood Shareef perhaps on a few occasions in the day. But Allah Ta’ala is sending endless Durood Shareef.  It is everlasting and so do His Angels invoke Durood Shareef upon Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

The special and exclusive aspect of this prayer is that Durood Shareef is immediately accepted by Allah Ta’ala. No one can doubt its acceptance, as Durood Shareef is being recited by Allah Ta’ala too. Muslims are a very fortunate people. Allah Ta’ala chose for them the name of Islam as a religion, declared to be comprehensive and final for mankind. The person chosen to deliver this message in this specific form and extra-ordinary style of love and hope was the most beloved of Allah Ta’ala and became the Light of Divinity to be shed upon the entire universe.

This Light devastated all the domains of darkness and depression. By reciting Durood Shareef we invite Light and drive away all darkness from our inner soul. Our mind becomes soft and love saturated. If there is softness in everything, it tends beauty to it. People become ugly owing to lack of this essential beauty of the inner part of the mind. This ugliness cannot be glossed over by any amount of cosmetics. It is the Durood Shareef invoked upon Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam which works wonders.

The resources on this website are sufficient proof of the superiority of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the hearts of the true believers. Just like articles or books written on the greatness of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam its resemblance is like a pin to the vast ocean. We as mere mortals cannot grasp his true essence as it is known only to Allah Ta’ala. Only on the day of resurrection will we be made to realise the true rank and status of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. On this day many Muslims will regret the belief they held in this world which deprived them from innumerable blessings both in this life and the hereafter.

We pray Allah Ta’ala opens our hearts and places the love for His beloved sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that is rightfully due to him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. We also beseech Allah Ta’ala to open the hearts of the blind amongst us who are lost in their own created web of deceit so that they can try to comprehend the mastery of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and by accepting his superiority instilling in their barren hearts a light of love to illuminate the darkness created by their misguided beliefs.

If this humble effort has moistened an eye and softened a heart, this is the most valuable reward that we can wish for here and in the hereafter. May Allah Ta’ala increase the pain of love in our hearts for His beloved Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

Ameen

Darood Sharif

 

 

 

Durood Shareef

Shadhili

Durood Shareef its Verdict, Obligation, and Virtue
What is meant by the prayer on the Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or Durood Shareef Allah Ta’ala tells us, “Allah and His angels praise and venerate the Prophet. Believers, praise and venerate him and pronounce peace upon him in abundance.” C33:V56. It has been said that Allah Ta’ala showers His mercy upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and His angels supplicate for him. Al Mubarrad said, “The root of the prayer is the invocation of mercy. It is mercy from Allah Ta’ala. From His angels it is graciousness and a supplication for the Mercy of Allah Ta’ala. A hadith sheds further light and tells us that when someone praises Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam while waiting for the commencement of the prayer, the angels say, “O Allah Ta’ala, forgive him! O Allah Ta’ala have mercy upon him.”
Abul Aliya explained, “The praise of Allah Ta’ala is His praising of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to His angels, and the praise of
the angels is supplication.”
In reference to the command of Allah Ta’ala to His worshipers to supplicate for peace upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the Judge
Abu Bakr, Bukyr’s son said, “This verse was sent down on Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Allah Ta’ala commanded his
Companions to supplicate for peace upon him. Those who came after are also commanded to supplicate for peace upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam not only when they visit his tomb but whenever he is mentioned.” Three definitions have been given to the supplication “As-Salaamu
alaykum” The first is that the word “salaama” is that of safety for you and with you. The second is “Salaamu” meaning your protection, being guarded and
preservation as found in the Name of Allah Ta’ala “Salaam”. The third is “As-Salaam” derived from the meaning of “musalaama” (reconciliation) and
submission to Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as in the Words of Allah Ta’ala, “But no, by your Lord, they will not believe you until
they make you the judge regarding the disagreement between them, then, they will not find in themselves any discomfort concerning your verdict, and
will surrender to you in full submission.” C4:V65.

The ruling about Durood Shareef
Dear reader, one must be aware that Allah Ta’ala has commanded us to praise Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Praising Sayyiduna
RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by reading Durood Shareef, is a general obligation and is not restricted to a specific time. There is no dispute
about its obligatory nature, however Abu Jaafar Tabari was of the opinion that this verse, “Allah Ta’ala and His angels praise and venerate the Prophet.
Believers, praise and venerate him and pronounce peace upon him in abundance.” C33:V56 is a recommendation is overruled. When one praises
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one fulfils the obligation, the performance of which voids the wrong action that would be present if
one were not to do so. The minimum is to say it once as in the case when one bears witness to his Prophethood, however it is very desirable to say it
more often and one finds its doing to be highly recommended in the authentic quotations of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
(Hadeeth Shareef).
The Judge Abu Bakr, Bukayr’s son tells us, “Allah Ta’ala has made it an obligation upon His creation to praise and ask for peace upon Sayyiduna
RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Allah Ta’ala did not assign a specific time, and the obligation of believers is that one should do it as often as
possible and never neglect its doing.”
There is a hadeeth that says, “No prayer is valid for those who do not offer the prayer on me.” Al-Qassar’s son explained, this quotation with the meaning
that the prayer in incomplete without it or, it refers to someone who has not offered the praise on the Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
at least one during his lifetime. Masood’s son heard Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, “Whosoever offers the obligatory prayer but
does not ask for blessings upon me, and the people of my House, his prayer is not accepted.” Darakutni said, “The correct interpretation is that of Abu
Ja’far Muhammad, son of al-Hussayn who said, “If I were to offer a prayer in which I did not ask for blessings upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam or the people of his House, I would think it was incomplete.”

Times when it is recommended to read Durood Shareef
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam heard a man making a supplication in his prayer without asking for blessings upon him whereupon
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam commented, “This is hasty.” Then he called the man and told those in his company, “When one of you
supplicates, he should begin by praising Allah Ta’ala and then say the prayer on His Prophet, thereafter he can supplicate for whatever he wishes.” The
Caliph Omar, al-Khattab’s son (may Allah Ta’ala be satisfied with him) spoke of one’s supplication and prayer and said, “The supplication and prayer are
suspended between the heaven and the earth. None of it rises to Allah Ta’ala until you say the prayer on Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam.” Ali, may Allah Ta’ala honour his face said something similar with the addition, “and on the family of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.”
It has also been transmitted that the supplication is veiled until the suppliant offers the prayer on Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Masood’s son advised, “If any of you wishes to ask Allah Ta’ala for something, he should first begin by praising and exalting Him in the way He is
deserving, then he should ask for blessings upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. It is then that the supplication is most likely to be
answered.”
Jabir heard Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, ” Do not make me to be like the disposable jug of a rider, he fills his jug, puts it down
then loads his baggage. If he needs to drink, he drinks from it, if he needs to make ablution he does so. If not, he pours it away. Place me at the
beginning of the supplication, in its middle and the end.” Ata’s son spoke of the supplication saying, “The supplication has pillars, wings, means and
moments. When its pillars are strong it is acceptable. If its wings are acceptable, it flies. If its moments are accepted, it is given success. If its means are
acceptable, it wins. Its pillars are the presence of the heart, mercy and humility and the heart’s suspension before Allah Ta’ala and severance from the
reliance on means. Its wings are truthfulness and sincerity. It’s moments are before dawn. It’s means are the prayer on Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam.” May Allah Ta’ala praise and venerate him and grand him perfect peace.
It is reported in Hadeeth Shareef “The supplication between the two prayers is not rejected.” Also, “Each supplication is veiled below the heavens until
the praising of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is said, it is then that it ascends.” Abbas’ son concluded his supplication with the words,
“Please accept my supplication” then he praised Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam saying, “O Allah Ta’ala I ask You to praise Prophet
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Your Worshiper, Prophet and Your Messenger better than anyone else amongst all Your creation.”  Sayyiduna
RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam should be praised whenever mention of his name is heard and when his name is written. He sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam should also be praised when hearing the Call to Prayer because he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “If my name is mentioned in front of a person
and he does not praise me, for him it is as if his nose is rubbed in the dust.”
A compiler of one of the six major references of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallams sayings by the name of Nisai reports the command
that one should increase one’s praising of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on a Friday. Issac’s son tells us that one should praise
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam upon entering the mosque. Amru, Dinar’s son tells us that when you enter houses (in which no one is
there), you should say, “Peace, be upon the Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the mercy of Allah Ta’ala and His blessing, and peace
be upon us and upon the good people of Allah Ta’ala. Peace be upon the inhabitants of the house, and the mercy of Allah Ta’ala and His blessing.”  To
this Abbas’ son added, “What is meant here by houses is mosques.”
Al Qama tells of how he entered the Mosque. He said, “When I enter the Mosque I say peace be upon you O Messenger of Allah Ta’ala, coupled with
the mercy and blessing of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala and His Angels praise Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.” The daughter of
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Lady Fatima (may Allah Ta’ala be satisfied with her) tells us that Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam himself would ask Allah Ta’ala to praise him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when entering the Mosque. The Companions reported that the
prayer upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam should be said by the imam and also the congregation during the funeral prayer (after
the second pronouncing of Allahu Akbar). A highly recommended practice, accepted by all the nation of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam is that one should praise him in letters and whatever is written after In the Name of Allah Ta’ala, the Merciful, the Most Merciful (Bismillah Ir
Rahman Ir Raheem).
Ukba, Amru’s son said in his narration, “O Allah Ta’ala, praise Muhammad, the unlettered Prophet and the family of Muhammad.”  Sayyiduna
RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gives us the good news saying, “The angels ask for forgiveness for whosoever praises me in a book as long as my
name remains in that book.” Abu Masood Ansari tells us of another saying of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam “Say, O Allah Ta’ala,
praise Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as you praised the family of Abraham, and bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You
blessed Abraham in all the worlds. Indeed You are the all Praised and Glorious. As for peace (you say according to the way), it is has been taught to
you.”

The manner in which Durood Shareef should be read
Abu Humayd As Saidi tells us that Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked what is to be said when one offers the prayer upon him.
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, “Say, ‘O Allah, praise Muhammad, his wives and descendants as You praised the family of
Abraham, and grant blessing upon the family of Muhammad as You granted blessings to the family of Abraham in all the worlds. You are the Praised,
the Glorious.” Ka’b Ujra’s son reported the supplication with a slight variation saying, “O Allah, praise Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You
praised Abraham. You are the Praised, the Glorious.” Abu Said al-Khudri reported the quotation as “O Allah, praise Muhammad, Your worshiper and
Your Messenger.”
Imam Ali, may Allah Ta’ala honour his face, said, “The Messenger of Allah Ta’ala counted them out on my hand and told me that Gabriel had counted
the supplications on his hand, saying, ‘This is how it was sent down from the Lord of Might – O Allah, praise Muhammad and the family of
Muhammad as You praised Abraham and the family of Abraham. You are the Praised, the Glorious. O Allah grant blessings to Muhammad and the
family of Muhammad as You granted blessings to Abraham and the family of Abraham. You are the Praised, the Glorious. O Allah, grant peace to
Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You granted peace to Abraham and the family of Abraham. You are the Praised the Glorious.’”
Abu Hurayra heard Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, “Whosoever wishes to be given the fullest measure when he supplicates upon
us, the People of the House, should say, ‘O Allah Ta’ala, praise Muhammad, the Prophet, his wives, the Mothers of Believers, his descendants and the
People of his House, just as You praised the family of Abraham. You are the Praised, the Glorious.” When Zaid, Kharija al-Ansari’s son asked Sayyiduna
RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam how he should supplicate for blessings upon him, Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, “O
Allah bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, just as You blessed Abraham. You are the Praised, the Glorious.”
Salama al-Kindi spoke of the time when Imam Ali taught them how to pray on Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Imam Ali taught
them: “O Allah, the One who spread out the leveled expanses and created the heavens! Bestow Your noble praise, Your ever increasing blessings and the
compassion of Your Tenderness upon Muhammad, Your worshiper and Your Messenger, the Opener of what was closed. The Seal of what came before.
The one who announces the truth by the Truth. The one who triumphs over the armies of falsehood as he was entrusted to do. He who took upon
himself with eagerness Your command to obey You to gain Your pleasure. He retains within him Your Revelation, preserves Your guidance and carries
out Your command so that mankind can receive Your blessings, kindling because of him, a brand with which they can bring to their families. Hearts
were guided by him after they had been plunged into trials and sinful actions. He illuminated the clear signs, luminous rules and way-marks of Islam.
He is Your trusted guardian, the treasurer of Your hidden knowledge, Your witness on the Day of Rising, the one You sent with Your blessings and in
truth Your Messenger, a mercy. O Allah, give him a spacious abode in Your Eden and reward him with good multiplied many times over from Your
overflowing Favor, that You gave to him without effort through the victory on gaining Your reward and generous gift. O Allah, place whatever he builds
above what other people build and give to him a noble place of rest and hospitality. Complete his light for him, and recompense him from Your
worshipers by acceptance and words that please, with just words, decisive action and immense proof.”
Referring to the verse “Allah and His angels praise and venerate the Prophet.” C33:V56. Imam Ali, may Allah Ta’ala honour his face, said, “Obedient to
You, my Lord. The praise of Allah, the Good and Merciful, the near angels, those who are true, the martyrs, the good people, and all that exalts You, O
Lord of all the worlds, be upon Muhammad, son of Abdullah, the Seal of the Prophets, the Master of the Messengers, and the Leader of those who fear
You, and the Messenger of You, the Lord of all the worlds. The witness, the bearer of good news, the one who invites people to You by Your permission,
the light-giving lamp-and peace be upon him!”
Abdullah, Masood’s son said, “O Allah Ta’ala, bestow Your blessings and mercy upon the Master of all the Messengers, the Leader of those who fear
You, the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad, Your worshiper and Messenger, the leader of the good and the Messenger of Mercy. O Allah Ta’ala, raise
him to the praised station which will be the envy of the first and the last. O Allah, praise Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You praised
Abraham. You are the Praised, the Glorious. Give blessings to Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You granted blessings to Abraham and the
family of Abraham. You are the Praised the Glorious.” Al-Hassan al-Basri said, “Whosoever wishes to drink the fullest cup from the Pool (Kawthar) of
the Chosen one Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam should say, ‘O Allah, praise Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, and his
Companions, his sons, daughters, wives and descendants, the People of his House, his relatives by marriage and the Ansar (Helpers), and his followers, as
well as those who love him, and bless us along with all of them, O Most Merciful of the merciful.”
Abbas’ son would supplicate saying, “O Allah Ta’ala, accept the greatest intercession of Muhammad, and raise him to the highest station. Grant his every
request in the Next Life and this Life as You answered the prayers of Abraham and Moses” Wuhayb al-Ward’s son would supplicate saying, “O Allah,
give Muhammad the best of whatever he asked You for himself, and give to him the best of what any of Your creation has asked of You for him. And
give Muhammad the best of all that You will be asked for until the Day of Resurrection.” The supplication (Durood Shareef) of Masood’s son was,
“When you ask for blessings (Durood Shareef) upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, make the prayer excellent. You do not know if
it will be shown to him. Say, ‘O Allah Ta’ala, bestow Your praise, Your mercy and Your blessings on the Master of the Messengers, the Leader of those
who fear You, the Leader of the Good and the Messenger of Mercy.”
The preceding are but a taste of the multitude of prayers both brief and long in praise of our beloved Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
and his family. The supplication of Imam Ali in the final sitting of his prayer in which one bears witness to the Oneness of Allah Ta’ala before the
greeting of peace reads: “Peace be upon the Prophet. Peace be upon all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah. Peace be upon the Messenger of Allah
Ta’ala, peace be upon Muhammad, son of Abdullah. Peace be upon us and upon all believers, men and women alike, those who are absent and those
who are present. O Allah, forgive Muhammad and accept his intercession and forgive the People of his House. Forgive me and my parents, and their
descendants, and have mercy upon them. Peace be upon all the righteous worshipers of Allah Ta’ala. Peace be upon you, O Prophet and the mercy of
Allah and His blessings.”

The excellence of Durood Shareef, asking for peace upon him and supplicating for him
Abdullah, Amr’s son reports the saying of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam  “When you hear the Caller to Prayer, repeat what he says
and ask for blessings upon me. Whosoever asks for blessings upon me once, Allah Ta’ala blesses him ten times. Thereafter ask for the rank of go-
between (wasila) for me. It is a rank in the Garden reserved for only one of the worshipers of Allah and it is my hope that it will be for me. My
intercession is granted to whosoever asks for the rank of “wasila” for me.” Anass, Malik’s son tells us the good news that Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam said, “Whosoever asks for blessings upon me once, Allah Ta’ala blesses him tenfold and ten sins fall from him and he is raised by ten
degrees.” In addition to this are the words, “and ten good deeds are written for him.”
Anass also tells us that the Arch-Angel Gabriel told Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam “Whosoever praises you once, Allah Ta’ala
praises him ten times and raises him by ten degrees.” Abdur Rahman, Awf’s son says something similar, he reports Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam saying, “I met Gabriel who told me, ‘I bring to you good news that Allah has said that whosoever asks for peace for you, He blesses him
with peace. Whosever asks for blessings upon you, Allah blesses him.”  Zaid, al-Hubab’s son heard Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say,
“Whosoever says, ‘O Allah, praise Muhammad and raise him to Your nearness on the Day of Resurrection’ will indeed receive my intercession. Those
nearest to me on the Day of Resurrection are those who have said the most prayers upon me.”
Abu Hurayra heard Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, “The angels ask forgiveness for whosoever praises me in a letter or book, as
long as my name remains on that page.” Amr Rabi’a’s son heard Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, “The angels continue to bless
anyone who asks for (Durood Shreef) blessings upon me, as long as he continues doing so. Therefore do so in abundance or even a little.” Ubayy, Ka’b’s
son said that upon the passing of the first quarter of the night, Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam arose and said, “O people, remember
Allah! The quake has come which will be followed by its sequel. Death will come with all that accompanies it.” Ubayy asked, “O Messenger of Allah, I
say a lot of praises (Durood Shareef) upon you, how much of my praising should I devote to you?” Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
replied, “Do as much as you like.” Ubayy asked, “A quarter?” He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, ‘Do as much as you like, and if you do more it is
better.” Ubayy inquired again, “A third?” He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, “Do as much as you like, and if you do more it is better. Ubayy asked,
“Two-thirds?” Again he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, ‘Do as much as you like, and if you do more it is better.” Whereupon Ubbay said, “O
Messenger of Allah, I will devote all my praising for you.” Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Then you will have enough and your
sins will be forgiven.”
Abu Talha tells us of the time he saw Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam happier than he had ever seen him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
and asked him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam about it. Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told him. “Indeed, Gabriel has just left me and
brought me good news from Allah that He has sent me to give good news that when any of my nation asks for prayers upon me (Durood Shareef),
Allah Ta’ala and His angels bless that person ten times for its doing.” Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “People will come to me
who I will only recognize on account of the abundance of prayer they said upon me.” Wahb’s son tells us that Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam said, “Whosoever asks for peace (Durood Shareef) on me ten times, it is as if he had freed a slave!” We are also blessed with the knowledge that
has reached us from Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam “The first to be saved from the terrors and its places on the Day of Resurrection
will be the one who supplicated most for me.”
Speaking of the tremendous blessings received for one’s praising of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Abu Bakr As Siddiq said that the
prayer on Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wipes out sin in the same way that cold water extinguishes a fire. To ask for peace upon
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is better than freeing slaves (meaning higher in reward despite this the Companions continued to
free slaves until it was eliminated as it was their habit to mix different ranks of deeds.) Jabir, Abdullah’s son tells us that Sayyiduna RasoolAllah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Whenever anyone hears the Call to Prayer and says, ‘O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and this established prayer, grant
Muhammad the rank of go-between (wasila) and excellence, and raise him to the praised station which You have promised him’ will receive my
intercession on the Day of Resurrection.”
Reproaching those who do not ask for blessings upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by refusing to read Durood Shareef

Abu Hurayra tells us that he heard the Messenger of Allah Ta’ala sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, “Dust be upon the face of whosoever does not ask for
me to be praised when I am mentioned in his presence! Dust be upon the face of whosoever Ramadan commences and finishes before he has received
forgiveness! Dust be upon the face of whoever’s parents reach old age and they are not the cause of his entering the Garden!”. As Sayyiduna RasoolAllah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam climbed upon the pulpit he said “Ameen”. This occurred three times whereupon Mu’adh inquired about its nature. Sayyiduna
RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told him, “Gabriel came to me and said, ‘Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, whenever your name is
mentioned in front of a person and he does not ask for blessings upon you and dies thereafter, that person will enter the Fire. Allah will distance him,
say ‘Ameen’, so I said, ‘Ameen’. Gabriel told me, ‘When Ramadan comes and it is not accepted from a person and he dies, it is the same, say ‘Ameen’ so I
said ‘Ameen’. If someone has two parents, or just one, and does not show kindness and goodness to them and dies, it is the same, say ‘Ameen’ so I said
‘Ameen’.”
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam defined a miser saying, “A miser is someone who does not supplicate for praise upon me (does not
read Durood Shareef) when I am mentioned in his presence.” On the same subject, Jaafar, Muhammad’s son reports the saying of Sayyiduna
RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam “When I am mentioned in the presence of a person and he does not supplicate for praise upon me, he has
swerved away from the Path to the Garden.” From Abu Hurayra we learn that Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “When people
gather together, sit and depart without mentioning Allah and supplicating for praise upon His Prophet, a dark shadow falls upon them that will be a
cause for regret in the Hereafter. If Allah wills, He will punish them, if He wills, he will forgive them.” Abu Hurayra also reported, “Whosoever forgets
to pray on me (Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), has forgotten the Path to the Garden.”
Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned an element of bad manners, and Katada tells us that he said, “An element of bad manners
towards me is that when I am mentioned in the presence of someone, that person does not supplicate for praise upon me (i.e not read Durood
Shareef).” Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us, “When people sit in a gathering and depart without saying the prayer upon me
(Durood Shareef), they depart on something fouler than the odor of a corpse.” In addition to this Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
said, “When people sit in a gathering in which they do not supplicate (Durood Shareef) for me grief descends upon them, when they enter the Garden,
they will not receive some of its reward.” Isa Tirmidhi tells us that a knowledgeable person said, “Whenever a person supplicates (Durood Shareef) for
praise upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam once in a gathering, he receives the reward for whatever takes place in that gathering.”
May Allah Ta’ala praise and venerate our Master Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and grant him perfect peace in abundance, increasing
continuously throughout time and all eternity – Ameen.

 

The distinguishing of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam through the revelation of the supplication for praising him

One day the Messenger of Allah Ta’ala sallallahu alayhi wa sallam spoke of the greetings of peace upon him that would be made after his death. Abu
Hurayra tells us he said, “Whenever anyone will greet me with peace, Allah will return my soul to me so that I may return the greeting.” Abu Hurayra
also tells us that he said, “I will hear (Durood Shareef) whosoever asks for me to be praised in my tomb. Even if someone is far away from me and
supplicates for (Durood Shareef) praise upon me, that too is conveyed to me.” Masood’s son tells us that Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam spoke of the action of the angels saying, “Angels roam the earth to convey peace to me from my nation.” Omar’s son advised, “Offer an abundance
of prayer on your Prophet every Friday, because its presented to him on that day.” Al-Hassan, Ali’s son heard Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam say, “Praise me wherever you are. Your prayer will reach me.”
It has been said that the name of the person who asks for praise upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by reading Durood Shareef is
shown to him as the person offers it. Al-Hassan, Ali’s son said, “Whenever you enter the Prophet’s Mosque, greet the Prophet.” Sulayman, Suhaym’s son
tells us of a vision he had and says, “I saw Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a vision and asked him, ‘O Messenger of Allah Ta’ala, do
you recognize the greeting of those who come to you?’  Sayyiduna RasoolAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, ‘Yes, and I answer them.’” Shehab’s
son heard the Messenger of Allah Ta’ala told his Companions, “Offer an abundance of prayer on me in the radiant night (the night preceding Friday)
and the radiant day (Friday) because it will be conveyed from you. The earth does not consume the bodies of Prophets, and when a Muslim asks for me
to be praised an angel conveys it to me and mentions his name.”