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 –





“If you make a frequent practice of invoking blessing and peace upon him [ﷺ], perhaps you will attain to the station of witnessing him.”

— Imam al-Sha’rani (al-‘Uhud al-Muhammadiya)




We need to realize that prayer upon the Prophetﷺ is a ladder and means of [spiritual] ascent to arrive unto Allah. That is because sending prayers upon himﷺ frequently engenders the Prophet’s love, and the Prophet’s love engenders Allah’s love, and Allah’s love for the servant attracts the servant to the Divine Presence—with or without an intermediary.

Hazrat Ali (KaramAllahu Wajhu) describing Hazrat Abu bakr (RadiAllahu Anhu)



“You were the first of the people to accept Islaam, and the most sincere of them in Eeman (faith). You were the best of them as a companion, and the most like the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in both guidance and humility, and the most generous of them to him. You succeeded him in the Religion well when the people left Islaam, and you held firm to the methodology of the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). You were like a mountain that was not moved by the storm nor crushed by the quake. You are modest with yourself, and great with Allaah. And the closest people to you are the most obedient to Allaah, and the most pious. May Allaah make you join the company of his Messenger, and may He not deprive us of your reward. And may He not lead us astray after you.”

— Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiAllaahu anhu) describing Abu Bakr (radiAllaahu anhu) [Tarikh al-Islam by Adh Dhahabi]

The Family of Fatimah (Alaihi Salaam) are ‘the People of Kisaa’…


Safiyyah the daughter of Shaybah narrates that Ayeshah (RadiAllahu Anha) said, “The Holy Prophetﷺ came out one morning wearing a cloak which had camel saddles woven on to it with black wool. Then Hassan bin Ali (Alaihi Salaam) came and the Holy Prophetﷺ took him under the cloak, then Hussain (Alaihi Salaam) came and entered beneath it with the Holy Prophetﷺ. Then Fatimah (Alaihi Salaam) came and the Holy Prophetﷺ took her under the cloak. Next Ali (Alaihi Salaam) came and the Holy Prophetﷺ also included him beneath it. Then the Holy Prophet Muhammadﷺ recited the verse, ‘Allah only desires to keep away (all kinds of) impurity from you, O ‘people of the house!’ (the Prophet’ s family) and to totally purify you,’ (al-Ahzab 33:33).”



1. Muslim, as-Sahih (4:1883#2424)
2. Ibn Abi Shaybah, al -Musannaf (6:370#36102)
3. Ahmad bin Hambal, Fadai l-us-sahabah (2:672#1149)
4. Ibn Rahawayh, al -Musnad (3:678#1271)
5. Hakim, al-Mustadrak (3:159#4705)
6. Bayhaqi, as-Sunan-ul-kubra (2:149)
7. Tabari, Jami-ul -bayan fi tafsi r al -Quran (22:6,7)
8. Baghawi, Maalim-ut -tanzil (3:529)
9. Ibn Kathir, Taf sir-ul -Quran al -azim (3:485)
10. Suyuti, ad-Durr-ul-manthur fi t-tafsi r-bil -mathur (6:605)

“Other Sahabas (radi’Allahu ta’ala anhum) would collect themselves when Imam ‘Ali (karamAllahu wajhu wa Alaihi Salaam) entered an assembly. The Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa aalihi wa sallam) would welcome him standing up, would kiss him. They don’t write this in the books either. All the Sahaba (radi’Allahu ta’ala anhum) would stand up. O Ahlu Sunnah wal Jama’at! If you respect him less than this, it means there is doubt in your imaan…”

— Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani