BENEFITS OF GIVING REWARD OF SALAWAT TO OTHERS

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A woman came to Sayyidina Hassan Al-Basri (rahimahullah) and said,

My daughter passed away and now I wish to see her in my dream.

Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahullah) told her,

Offer four rakat Nafl after Isha and in each rakaat recite Surah At-Takasur (102). Then go to sleep while reciting Salawaat upon RasulAllah ﷺ until you fall asleep.

The woman did so and narrated the dream to Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahullah) the next day. She said,

I saw her in a bad state. She was wearing dirty robes. Her hands were tied and there were chains of fire around her feet.

Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahullah) asked her to give sadqa and hope that her daughter’s affliction gets lessened. The following night Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahullah) himself saw a dream wherein he was in Jannah and there was a beautiful young girl on a throne dressed in magnificent clothes. She told him that she was the daughter of the woman who had visited him. Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahullah) told her,

But your mother told me that she saw you in a bad state.

The girl said,

Indeed what she said was true. We were 70,000 souls who were afflicted with the torture of the grave until a pious person passed by us. He recited Salawat upon RasulAllah ﷺ dedicated it’s sawaab to us. And Allah accepted it in such a manner that we were freed from our tribulations and what you see now is due to barakah of that Durood Shareef.

– Al-Qawl Al-Badee : Imaam Shams Ad-Deen Sakhaawi, p.234-235 –

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Salawat’us-Sharifah

In the Holy Quran, Allah, glory unto Him, vows by the Prophet’s life. Mentioning his great name next to His Own, the Almighty has required belief in his prophethood, as a precondition of being a worthy servant. Allah took offense in others raising their voices in the presence of His Beloved , cautioning against calling out his name like any other. What’s more, the Almighty has stated that He and the angels send their numerous blessings, salawat’us-sharifah, to the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him), ordering his ummah amply do the same.

In accordance with the ayah:

“Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O Believers! Send your blessings on him and salute him with all respect,” (al-Ahzab, 56) sending salawat’us-sharifah to that Great Being is a duty for all Believers, laid down by Allah, glory unto Him.

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Narrating the following is Ubayy ibn Kab (RadiAllahu Anhu):

“A third of the night had passed when the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him) awoke from his sleep and said:

‘Remember Allah, people, remember Allah! Blown will be the first horn that will rattle the ground. Then will follow the second. Death will arrive with all its intensity; death will arrive with all its intensity…’

‘I send lots of salawat’us-sharifah, Messenger of Allah’,said I. ‘How often should I do it?’

‘As much as you wish’ he (Peace and blessings be upon him) replied.

‘Would it be right if I spared a quarter of my prayer for it?’ I again inquired.

‘Spare as much from it as you wish’, he advised. ‘But it will be better for you if you spared more.’

‘Then I will spare half ’, I proposed.

‘As you wish…But better if you spared more’, said he.

‘How about I spared two-thirds then?’

‘As you wish… But better if you spared more’.

‘How would it be then if I send salawat’us-sharifah in the entire time I spare for prayer?’ I then asked.

‘If you do’, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, ‘then Allah will rid you of all your troubles and forgive your sins.’” (Tirmidhi, Qiyamat, 23/2457)

Devotees of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), therefore, embrace the salawat’us-sharifah as a continuous chant, for they are means of increasing the love of the Prophet in a Believer’s heart. Appropriately following the Blessed Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and making the most of the quintessential example he has provided doubtless comes through a grasp of the reality of the Quran and Sunnah, which in turn is possible only by virtue of drawing closer to the exemplary morals of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and delving into the depths of his heart.

No mortal has succeeded in describing his (peace and blessings be upon him) essential attribute; his towering morals and disposition has eluded comprehension. The wise, those spiritual sultans, even the great Jibril (Alaihi Salaam), have all accepted being on his path as the greatest honor, begging by his door as the most indefinable bliss.

On another note, according to the manners of prayer advised by Islam, all prayers begin and end with thanking Allah, glory unto Him, and sending blessings to the Blessed Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). There is an established conviction that Allah, glory unto Him, never turns down a salawat’us-sharifah, which, in essence, is a prayer and plea to the Almighty; the precise reason as to why prayers are adorned with it, both in the start and in the end. That is to say, squeezing in personal prayers amid two, whose acceptances are highly expected, is to ensure their acceptance as well.

“A prayer is left hanging between the earth and the skies,” states Omar  “and is not raised to Allah until blessings are sent to the Messenger of Allah .” (Tirmidhi, Witr, 21/486)

Therefore do not forget sending your blessings and peace to him (peace and blessings be upon him)…for you too stand in need of his intercession in the darkest of hours!

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Perfect Qualities of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)

Extracted from the Sealed Nectar (ar-Raheek al-Makhtum), biography/seerah of the beloved Messenger of Allah.

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The Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, had both perfection of features and perfection of manners. The impression of them on people can be deduced by the bliss that overwhelmed their hearts and filled them with dignity.

Men’s respect, devotion and esteem of Allah’s Messenger were unique and matchless. No other man in the whole world has been so honoured and beloved.

Those who knew him well were fascinated and enchanted by him. They were ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of saving a nail of his from hurt or injury.

Being privileged by lots of excellences that no one else had been endowed with, his Companions found that he was peerless and so they loved him.

Here we list a brief summary of the versions about his beauty and perfection. To encompass all is, admittedly, beyond our power.

His Physical Appearance

Describing Allah’s Messenger who passed by her tent on his journey of emigration, Umm Ma’bad Al-Khuza’iyah, may Allah be pleased with her, said to her husband: “He was innocently bright and had a broad face. His manners were fine. Neither was his belly bulging out nor was his head deprived of hair. He had black attractive eyes finely arched by continuous eyebrows. His hair was glossy and black, inclined to curl, he wore it long. His voice was extremely commanding. His head was large, well formed and set on a slender neck. His expression was reflective and thoughtful, composed and inspiring.
The stranger was fascinated from the distance, but the closer he was the more respect he observed. His expression was very sweet and distinct. His speech was well set and free from the use of superfluous words, as if it were a chain of beads. His stature was neither too high nor too small to look odd. He was a twig amongst the two, singularly bright and fresh. He was always surrounded by his Companions. Whenever he uttered something, the listeners would listen to him with attention and whenever he issued any command, they competed with each other in carrying it out. He was a master and a commander. His utterances were marked by truth and sincerity, free from all kinds of falsehoods and lies.” 1

‘Ali bin Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, described him: “Allah’s Messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, was neither excessively tall nor extremely short. He was of medium height among his friends. His hair not too curly nor was it too straight. It was both curly and wavy combined. His cheeks were not fleshy, chin was not small and forehead was not narrow. His face was fairly round. His mouth was white. He had black, large eyes, with long eyelashes. His limbs and shoulder joints were rather big. He had a fine line of little hair extending from his chest down to his navel, but the rest of his body was almost hairless. He had thick palms and thick fingers and toes.

While walking, he lifted his feet off the ground as if he had been walking on a slope. When he turned, he turned completely. The Seal of Prophethood was between his shoulders. He is the Last of Prophets, the most generous and the bravest of all. His speech was the most reliable. He was the keenest and the most attentive to people’s trust, and was very careful to pay people’s due in full. The Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, was the most gentle and the most polite companion, seeing him unexpectedly you would fear him and revere him. He who had acquaintance with him would like him. He who describes him says: ‘I have never seen such a person neither before nor after seeing him.’” 2

Jabir bin Samurah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that Allah’s Messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, had abroad face with reddish (wide) eyes and lean heels.3

Abu At-Tufail, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “He was white and good-looking. He was neither fat nor thin; neither tall nor short.”

Zadul-Ma’ad 2/45.
Ibn Hisham 1/401, Jami At-Tirmidhi 4/303.
Sahih Al-Muslim 2/258.

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Ka’b bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “When he was pleased, his face would shine with so bright a light that you would believe it was a piece of the moon.’ 4

Once he was with ‘Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, the features of his face twinkledwhile sweating; she recited a verse by Abu Kabir Al-Hudhali:
“If you watch his face, you will see it twinkling like the lightning of an approaching rain.” 5

Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, would say this verse upon seeing him:
“He is faithful, chosen (by Allah), and calls for forgiveness.
He shines like a moonlit night while it is far from dark.” 6

‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, used to recite a verse by Zuhair describing Haram bin Sinan:
“Were you other than a human being, you would be a lighted moon on a moonlit night,”
Then he would add: “Thus was Allah’s Messenger.” 7

When he got angry, his face would turn so red that you would think it were as if pomegranate has been squeezed on both his cheeks. 8

Jabir bin Samurah, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “His legs were gentle, delicate and in conformity. His laughter was no more than smiling. Looking at him will make you say ‘He is black-eyed’, though he is not so.” 9

Sahih al-Bukhari 1/502
Rahmatul-lil-Alamin 2/72.
Khulasatus-Siyar p. 20.
ibid.
Mishkatul-Masabih 1/22.
Jami’ At-Tirmidhi 4/306.

Ibn Al-‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “His two front teeth were separated so whenever he spoke, it was as if light came through them.”

His neck was as pure and silvery as a neck of doll. His eyelashes were long and his beard was thick. His forehead was broad; separate eyebrows finely joined together. His nose was high-tipped. His cheeks were plain. He had a fine line of hair running down to his navel. He had hair neither on his abdomen nor on his chest except some on his arms and shoulders. His chest was broad and flatted. He had long forearms with expansive palms. His legs were plain, straight, and stretched. His other limbs were also large. The two hollows of his soles hardly touch the ground. He used to walk with ease slightly leaning forward. 10

Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I have never touched silk or a silky garment softer than the palm of the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him; nor have I smelt a perfume or any scent nicer than his.” In another version; “I have never smelt ambergris, nor musk, nor any other thing sweeter than the scent and the smell of Allah’s Messenger.”

Abu Juhaifah, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I took his hand and put it on my face and I found that it was colder than ice and better scented than the perfume of musk.” 11

Jabir bin Samurah, may Allah be pleased with him, who was a little child then, said; “When he wiped my cheek, I felt it was cold and scented as if it had been taken out of a shop of a perfume workshop.” 12

Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said; “His sweat was pearl-like.”

Umm Sulaim, may Allah be pleased with her, said: “His sweat smelt nicer than the nicest perfume.”

Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, said; “Whenever Allah’s Messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him,passed by a road, and after him some other person used the same road, he would quite easily find out by the fragrance of his scent that the Prophet had passed through it.”

10 Khulasatus-Siyar p. 19, 20.
11 Sahih al-Bukhari 1/503.
12 Sahih Muslim 2/256.

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Who is Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Below are some short remembrances about the Beloved Prophet ﷺ which were originally written as tweets for the recent Twitter trend ‘#WhoIsMuhammad ﷺ’.

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Prophet Muhammad : The Forgiver: When the people wronged him, he returned it with patience, kindness and a generosity like no other.

Prophet Muhammad : The Cheerful: He would jest and joke with his friends, though never in a hurtful manner. He had a smiling countenance 🙂

Prophet Muhammad : The Helper: He would settle injustices or problems others faced with a profound level of peace, wisdom and fair justice.

Prophet Muhammad : The Friend: He would sit amongst his Companions, share his food & wealth with them, and help them when they were in need.

Prophet Muhammad : The Grandfather: He would seat his young grandsons on his lap whilst delivering a sermon to the Muslims from his pulpit.

Prophet Muhammad : The Father: He would stand up when his daughter Fatima entered the room, give her his seat and kiss her forehead.

Prophet Muhammad : The Advocate of Women’s Rights: He ended the burial of newborn girls in Arabia, and established women’s rights to education.

Prophet Muhammad : The Physician: Prophetic medicine is so vast that it constitutes an entire field of medicine beyond modern science.

Prophet Muhammad : The Conqueror: When he conquered Makkah, all those who had harmed him & his family feared his revenge. He forgave them all.

Prophet Muhammad : The Neighbour: When his elderly neighbour, who’d place thorns on his path everyday, fell critically ill, he took care of her.

Prophet Muhammad : The Lover of Cats: His cat once fell asleep on the robe he wanted to wear. He cut off the sleeve to avoid waking the cat.

Prophet Muhammad : The Advocate of Animal Rights: He forbade animal cruelty, even so camels wouldn’t be overburdened beyond their strength.

His last words were advice for his Ummah. He loved us even before we were born, and we love him without yet seeing him. (Prophet Muhammad )

He commanded justice in every circumstance, for every person. (Prophet Muhammad )

He rejected offers of wealth, power and elite status, and instead preferred humble lodgings and a bed of date-palm fibres. (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

He showed respect and generosity to the poor, honour to leaders and the elite, and goodness towards all. (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

He ﷺ never insulted nor mocked another person. (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

He was generally cheerful. If anything displeased him, he would simply turn away from it or advise gently in regards to it. (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

He disapproved of harshness and he himself was always gentle, compassionate and calm. (Prophet Muhammad )

He never complained or showed disgust. He was forbearing, kind and appreciative and always considerate of others’ feelings. (Prophet Muhammad )

He never refused anyone who asked of him, nor did he ever say “No” to them or turn them away empty-handed. (Prophet Muhammad )

If a child began to cry during prayer, he would shorten it out of concern for the mother and her distress. (Prophet Muhammad )

When shaking a person’s hand or embracing them, he would allow them to withdraw first – out of respect. (Prophet Muhammad )

He said, “I have not been sent to curse people but as a Mercy to all mankind.” (Prophet Muhammad )

He never took revenge for himself, instead preferring Mercy, tolerance and patience. (Prophet Muhammad )

He was so trustworthy, those plotting to kill him were the same people who entrusted their wealth to him for safekeeping! (Prophet Muhammad )

Even his enemies were enthralled by his beauty, conduct, honesty and wisdom. His manners and nobility knew no bounds. (Prophet Muhammad )

His generosity was unmatched. The Bedouins would seek his wealth and return saying, “Muhammad is the Generous one!” (Prophet Muhammad )

He was known for his honesty. The Arabs had nicknamed him ‘Al Amin (The Trustworthy)’ even before he announced Prophethood. (Prophet Muhammad )

He loved the poor and kept the grief-stricken close to him. His Mercy extended to all, even those who swore to kill him. (Prophet Muhammad )

He lead a simple life of basic provisions, delighting his heart in prayer and the pleasure of Allah. (Prophet Muhammad )

His speech was pleasant, never harsh, yet concise and to the point. It was beautiful & elegant “like pearls on a necklace”. Prophet Muhammad

Those who saw him from afar were struck by awe of his Beauty; those who neared him loved him more than existence itself. (Prophet Muhammad )

He was always concerned for those around him. (Prophet Muhammad )

“You are the sun, you are the full moon. You are the quintessence of existence, you are the lamp within every breast!” (Prophet Muhammad )

He  spent much time in silent reflection but always made time for his Companions, greeting them with a smile and good cheer. (Prophet Muhammad )

No one was insignificant in his eyes. If someone was absent from his gathering, he’d notice & enquire about their well-being. (Prophet Muhammad )

He ﷺ was the most hospitable host to his guests. He would greet them at the door and see them at the door when they’d leave. (Prophet Muhammad )

He ﷺ accepted every gift out of courtesy. (Prophet Muhammad )

Prophet Muhammad : He is not made praiseworthy by words, but rather words are made praiseworthy by him! He is the Perfect Man .

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