Salawat un Nabi is an invocation which Muslims make by saying specific phrases to compliment the Prophet Muhammad . One is required to recite Salawat whenever a Muslim reads, speaks or hears the name of the Prophet Muhammad . It is a kind of prayer and is mentioned in Hadith as well as in Qur’an.
Almighty Allah ﷻ says,
“Surely Allah ﷻ and His Angels send blessings on the Holy Prophet . O you who believe! Send blessings and salutations on the Prophet with worthy salutation”. (Surah al-Ahzab : 56).
In this verse of the Holy Qur’an, Almighty Allah ﷻ, His Angels and the Muslims have been mentioned as sending Salawat upon Sayyiduna RasoolAllah .
Salawat is massively important in the life of a Muslim. Multiple narrations point towards its significance and the weight it carries.
The ayah mentioned above does the perfect job in demonstrating the status of Salawat. For Allah ﷻ does not perform any deed, He ﷻ is entirely free from the need to do anything, yet He ﷻ sends Salawat upon the Prophet . This means that to send Salawat is a Sunnah of Allah ﷻ, obviously Allah’s ﷻ action is divine and not understandable by the likes of humans, but the basis of the action is there.
In this Tareeqah, we are advised to devote our time in constant Salawat upon RasoolAllah .
The manual of Salawat, Dala’il al-Khayrat, compiled by Imam Jazuli mentions a few Hadith in the beginning of his book in regards to the blessings of Salawat. To give a few of them,
“A man who is considered to be a miser, is the one in whose company my name is mentioned, yet he does not send Salawaat upon me.”
Those that are generous are those that are beloved to Allah ﷻ, and sending Salawaat upon RasoolAllah is one of the ways in which we can save ourselves from being miserly.
“Whoever sends one Salawat upon me, will have 10 good deeds written for him, will be raiised by 10 stations and will have 10 of his sins forgiven.”
Here, we learn that Salawat isn’t just a means for us to send blessings upon RasoolAllah , but for us to gain reward nd to have our sins forgiven too. Allah ﷻ mentions in the Qur’an,
“Indeed Allah ﷻ loves those who repent, and those who are pure.”
Salawat is one of the ways of repentance.
“Whoever sends 100 Salawat upon me on the day of Jummu`ah, Allah will forgive 80 years worth of his sins.”
Again, we learn the massive blessing behind Salawat, in particular its recital on Jummu`ah. We should make it a habit to spend Thursday Maghrib until Friday Maghrib reciting excessive amounts of Salawat. For it is during this time that RasoolAllah hears our Salawat directly.
This is also the habit of our Shaykh – to host a gathering dedicated to sending Salawat upon RasoolAllah on Friday evenings every week; people attend from across the UK, and have been known to receive Shifa and Barakah from the gathering.
“The one who sends Salawat upon me will have a light with him over the bridge, and whoever is among the people of light on the bridge will not be of those of the hell fire.”
This Hadith demonstrates how Salawat will be a saviour for us on the day of reckoning. We recite it often in the hope that Allah ﷻ will have mercy upon our states.
We ask Allah ﷻ for the best of abilities in sending Salawat!
Couplets for Durood Shareef
1. Tayree nigaah–e–naaz nay, mast hamay(n) banaa diyaa;
Farsh say lay kar ‘Arsh tak, saaraa jahaa(n) dikhaa diyaa.
Your loving glance – has made me intoxicated;
From the earth up to the Divine Throne – it has shown me the entire universe.
2. Jalwa figan huway Huzoor, roshan zamaana ho gaya;
Jin kay huwe hai(n) aap Huzoor, un ka zamaana ho gaya.
When the Honourable Prophet manifested their beauty – the entire universe was illuminated;
Those to whom the Honourable Prophet belong – to them belongs the entire universe.
3. Aaqaa tayray karam say ay Kareem, hamay(n) kawn si shay milee nahee(n);
Jholee apnee tang hai, Aaqaa tayray haa(n) kamee nahee(n).
O favourable Master by your favour – which thing have I not found;
I myself am limited – but O Master there is no limit to your favour.
4. Chher(h) kay Dhikr Laa–Ilaaha, hamay(n) mast banaa gayay Huzoor;
Yay dunya jo mahw–e–Khawab thee, aa kay jagaa gayay Huzoor.
By kindling the remembrance of the Oneness of Allah ﷻ – the Honourable Prophet have made me intoxicated;
This world which is an illusion and dream – the Honourable Prophet arrived and awoke me from it.
5. Dekhaa jo in ko baant–thay, mayn nay bhee bar(h) kar shawq say;
Dast–e–‘ataa saamnay, dast–e–talab bar(h)aa diyaa.
When I saw them distributing – I eagerly took my fill also;
With their giving hand before me – they filled my seeking hand.
6. Jis ko chaaha dar pay bulaa liya, jis ko chaaha apnaa banaa liya;
Yay baray karam kay hai(n) fayslay, yay baray naseeb kee baat hai;
Koi aayaa lay kar chalaa gayaa, koi ‘umar bhar bhee na paa sakaa;
Mayray Mawlaa tujh say gilaa nahee(n), yay to apnaa apnaa naseeb hai.
Whoever you choose you call to your doorstep – whoever you choose you make your own;
These are decisions of a great favour – these are matters of a great destiny;
Some came and took (spiritual blessings) and left – others stayed for a lifetime and could not gain;
O my Master I don’t complain to you – this is just each and every person’s individual destiny.
7. Aaqaa tayree mehfil ka, hai rang judaa gaanaa;
Ham nay to jisay dekhaa, dekhaa tayra deewaanaa;
Nazro(n) say milaa nazre(n), bhar day mayra paymaana;
Aabaad Khuda rakhay, Saaqee tayra maykhaana.
O Master ! The colour of your gathering is unique!The one who I have seen – Hazrat Khwaajah Sufi Arshad Mahmood حفظه الله – Indeed in them I have seen your mad lover!
O Khwaajah! Meet your eyes with mine! Fill my empty goblet with your wine of Divine Love! O Server of perfect wine!
May Allah ﷻ forever preserve your tavern (the endless ocean of secret knowledge – Darbaar–e–‘Aaliya Salyaal Shareef)!
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