Salutations upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a form of dhikr
27 Aug 2011 09:52 GMT
 
What is the best way to offer salutations upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) and how many times a day should you do so?

Answered by

Sheikh `Abd al-Rahmân al-Barrâk

Beseeching peace and blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) is one of the best forms of remembrance. It is prescribed for certain times, like during the final tashahhud in our formal prayers and after the call to prayer is completed. It is also prescribed for us to do this at the end of our personal supplications. We must do so after making mention of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

However, it is not encouraged for us to beseech peace and blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) more than our other remembrances of Allah. Some Sufî groups have gone to excess in this matter, even declaring that beseeching peace and blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) is better than reading the Qur’ân and that it is better than all other forms of remembrance that Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) have encouraged us to engage in.

Some of them construct their own formulas for this salutation. Many of these formulas go to excesses in praising Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him). However, Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Do not extol me like the Christians extolled the son of Mary. I am merely a servant, so call me the servant of Allah and His Messenger.”

We should remember Allah and beseech His peace and blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) as much as we can. We should do so according to what is prescribed in the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him).

The best way of beseeching peace and blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) is known as al-Salâh al-Ibrâhîmiyyah. This is where you say: “Allahumma salli `alâ Muhammad wa `alâ âli Muhammad kamâ sallayta `alâ Ibrâhîm, inka hamîdun majîd. Allahumma bârik `alâ Muhammad wa `alâ âli Muhammad kamâ bârakta `alâ Ibrâhîm, innaka hamîdun majîd.”

There are different minor variations to al-Salâh al-Ibrâhîmiyyah found in different hadîth.

Be careful to steer clear of the innovated formulas concocted by certain extreme Sufis. Adhere to the pure guidance of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him), because the best of speech is the speech of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Source: Islam Today



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