Monday, 22 February 2010

Darood (Blessings) and Salaam (Peace) on Muhammad(saw)

BISMILLAH HIR RAHMAN NIR RAHEEM

(In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

All praise is for Allah. Darood (Blessings) and Salaam (Peace) on Muhammad, his Family, and his Companions.

ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIN WA ALA ALI MUHAMMADIN KAMA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHEEMA WA ALA ALI IBRAHEEMA INNAKA HAMEEDUM MAJEED

ALLAHUMMA BARIK ALA MUHAMMADIN WA ALA ALI MUHAMMADIN KAMA BARAKTA ALA IBRAHEEMA WA ALA ALI IBRAHEEMA INNAKA HAMEEDUM MAJEED

AN NOOR THE LIGHT

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. Allah is the Light. Allah is the Light. Allah is the Light.

35 Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as a shining star. Kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow forth though no fire touched it. Light upon light, Allah guides to His light whom He will. And Allah speaks to mankind in allegories, for Allah is knower of all things.


On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (PBUH) is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord (may He be glorified) is that He said:

O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you, O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you. O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and will not attain benefitting Me so as to benefit Me. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more that a needle decreases the sea if put into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him finds good praise Allah and let him who finds other that blame no one but himself.

It was related by Muslim (also by at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).

There are great rewards for sending blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Following are some of these rewards based on Qur’anic verses and hadiths of the Prophet:

    * When a person sends blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), his act coincides with that of Almighty Allah. However, both acts differ in nature in the sense that Allah encompasses the Prophet with His Grace and sends blessings upon him out of praise and honor; whereas the act of people is a form of supplication to Almighty Allah to elevate the Prophet’s status and honor.
    * One adopts the morals of the angels, who continually send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
    * One follows the Divine command that directs the believers to send blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). These three merits are based on the verse 56 of Surat Al-Ahzab: "Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation."
    * When a person sends blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) once, Allah bestows on him tenfold blessings. Yet, Allah’s reward exceeds the deeds of His servants. In his hadith, the Prophet said, “For one who sends blessings upon me once, Allah will send tenfold blessings in return” (Muslim and others).
    * `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas is reported to have said, “For one who sends blessings upon the Prophet once, Allah and His angels will send seventy-fold blessings.”
    * A person who sends blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is elevated ten degrees, that is, he has the reward of ten good deeds added to his account.
    * Also, such a person will have ten sins remitted. In his hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If one sends me blessings once, Almighty Allah will send him tenfold blessings, forgive him ten sins, and elevate him ten degrees.” Happy is the person who keeps on sending blessings on the Prophet. He receives great rewards in return for a good deed that does not require any effort but rather gives joy to those who love the Prophet.
    * Sending blessings upon the Prophet is equal to manumitting ten slaves. Though this reward is based on a weak hadith, it is supported by a saying of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him), who said, “Sending blessings upon the Prophet is better than setting slaves free.”
    * Sending blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) makes one a recipient of the Prophet’s intercession on the Day of Judgment. This applies whether one sends blessings accompanied by asking wasilah for the Prophet or not. At-Tabarani reported that the Prophet said, “Whoever says, ‘O Allah! Bless Muhammad and grant him the place closest to You on the Day of Resurrection,’ I will intercede for him.” In another hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “When you hear the muezzin, repeat his very words, and then send blessings on me, for whoever sends me blessings once, Allah will bless him ten times in return. Then beseech Allah to grant me wasilah, which is a place in Paradise due to a certain one of Allah’s servants. I hope I will be that servant! Whoever asks wasilah for me, I shall intercede for him.”
    * A believer who continues to send blessings on the Prophet gains great benefits and his sins will be forgiven.
    * Sending blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also saves a believer from any sorrow and worry regarding matters of this world and the Hereafter. These two rewards are supported by the following hadith reported by Ubayy ibn Ka`b (may Allah be pleased with him): When a quarter of the night had passed, the Prophet got up and said, “O people! Remember Allah, for the first trump has resounded and the second will follow it. It is death that has come near.” Ubayy asked, “O Messenger of Allah! I frequently make supplications; then how many of my supplications should I specify for sending blessings on you?” The Prophet answered, “It is up to you.” I (Ubayy) inquired, “A quarter of my supplications?” The Prophet further commented, “It is up to you, and if you dedicate more, it will be better for you.” I said, “Then, let it be two thirds of my supplications?” The Prophet repeated, “It is up to you, and if you dedicate more, it will be better for you.” Finally, I said, “Then, I will make all my supplications for you!” The Prophet said, “Then, you will be saved from worry and your sins will be forgiven” (At-Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and Al-Hakim).
    * Sending blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) makes one nearer to him on the Day of Resurrection, as the hadith states: “Those who are most deserving of me (my intercession) on the Day of Judgment are those who used to increasingly seek Allah’s Blessing for me” (At-Tirmidhi).
    * While in his grave, the Prophet answers those who send blessings on him. He said, “Whenever someone seeks Allah’s blessings for me, Allah returns the soul to my body until I reply to his salutation” (Abu Dawud).
    * There are angels responsible for extending to the Prophet the blessings we send on him. A hadith states, “There are angels wandering on earth who extend the greetings of my followers to me.”
    * Sending blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) persistently will be a cause for enabling the servants of Allah to stand up and step rightly on As-Sirat (the Path over Hell) after they have been crawling on it. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) declared, “I saw one of my followers proceeding on As-Sirat; he sometimes crawled and sometimes hung onto it. Then the blessings he used to send to me enabled him to stand up and thus saved him.”
    * Sending blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also makes one stop shaking while stepping on As-Sirat. In his hadith, the Prophet told us, “I saw a man of my followers shaking while on the Path just as a branch shakes. Then the blessings he used to send on me was the cause of him calming down.”
    * If one heralds his supplication by sending blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) he will have his supplication answered. This is one of the great virtues of sending blessings on the Prophet. An-Nasa’i reported that the Prophet heard a person making a supplication. The man praised Allah and then sent blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Hence the Prophet commented, “Just supplicate and you will be answered and will also be given what you seek.”
    * Also, if a person starts his supplication and ends it with sending blessings upon the Prophet, his supplication is most likely to be answered.
    * When a person sends blessings on the Prophet, the angels send blessings on that person, as the Prophet himself said, “Whoever sends blessings on me, the angels will keep on sending blessings on him as long as he keeps on his deed. Then, let everyone do according to his capacity.”
    * Sending blessings on the Prophet is the least sign of gratitude we owe the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Even performing greater acts will never fulfill his due right. However, we should do what we can as Allah orders.
    * Sending blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) enhances one’s faith in Allah.
    * The Prophet receives the blessings we send him.
    * The Prophet commanded us to spare no efforts in supplicating. He said, “Send blessings on me, then be steadfast in supplicating and say, ‘O Allah! Send Your blessings on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad’.”





Baraa bin Aazib (ra) relates:

"I never saw someone more handsome than Rasullullah. His hair reached his shoulders. The portion between his two shoulders was wide. He was neither very tall nor very short."71

Ibrahim b. Muhammed (ra), one of the grandsons of Ali (ra), informs us:

"When Ali (ra) described the Prophet (saas) he said:

'He was neither very tall nor excessively short, but was a man of medium size. He had neither very curly nor flowing hair but a mixture of both... He was reddish-white, he had wide black eyes and long eyelashes. He had protruding joints and shoulder-blades... Between his shoulders was the seal of prophecy... He had a finer chest than anyone else, was truer in utterance than anyone else, had the gentlest nature and the noblest lineage. Those who saw him stood suddenly in awe of him and those who shared his acquaintance loved him. Those who described him said they had never seen anyone like him before or since'."72

Hassan (ra) says:

"He had great qualities and attributes, others also held him in high esteem. His blessed face shone like the full moon. He was slightly taller than a man of middle height, but shorter than a tall person...His blessed hair was slightly twisted. If his hair became parted naturally in the middle he left it so, otherwise he did not habitually make an effort to part his hair in the middle...Rasulullah (saas) had a very luminous complexion (color), and a wide forehead. His eye brows were of dense and fine hair ...

... His neck was beautiful and thin, like the neck of a statue shaved clean, the color of which was clear, shining and beautiful like silver. All the parts of his body were of moderate size. His body was proportionately jointed..."73

The Prophet (saas)'s hair

There are different descriptions of the length of the Prophet (saas)'s hair. It is natural that there should be discrepancies between them, as the people these accounts have come down from saw him at different times, when his hair may have been of different lengths. Yet, what can be recognized from these descriptions was that the Prophet (saas)'s hair was at ear-level at its shortest and at shoulder-length at its longest.

Anas bin Malik (ra) recalls :

"The hair of Rasulullah (saas) reached till half of his ears."84

Aisha (ra) reports:

"The blessed hair of Rasulullah (saas) was longer than those that reached the ear lobes, and shorter than those that reached the shoulders."85

Baraa bin Aazib (ra) says:

"Rasulullah (saas) was of average height, and the portion between the two shoulders was wide. His hair reached his ear lobes."86

Umm Haani, the daughter of Abu Taalib (ra) offers the following description:

"Rasulullah (saas) came to Mecca once after the hijrah (migration). His blessed hair had four plaits."87

Imam Bukhari related on the authority of Anas Ibn Malik who said Abu Talhah said to Umm Sulaym:  I have noticed feebleness in the voice of Allahs Messenger (pbuh) which I think, is caused by hunger. Have you got any food She said: Yes. She brought out some loaves of barley and took out a veil belonging to her, and wrapped the bread in part of it and put it under my arm and wrapped part of the veil round me and sent me to Allahs Messenger. I carried it and found Allahs Messenger in the Mosque sitting with some people. When I stood there, Allahs Messenger asked..

"Has Abu Talhah sent you" I said: Yes. He asked: With some food I said: Yes. The Prophet (pbuh) then said to the men around him:  Get up! . He set out (accompanied by them) and I went ahead of them till I reached Abu Talhah and told him (of the Prophet's visit). Abu Talhah said:  O Umm Sulaym! Allah's Messenger is coming with the people and we have no food to feed them  She said:  Allah and his Messenger know better. So Abu Talhah went out to receive Allah's Messenger . Allah's Messenger came along with Abu Talhah and said: O Umm Sulaym! Bring whatever you have.  She brought the bread, which Allah's Messenger ordered to be broken into pieces. Umm Sulaym poured on them some butter from an oilskin. Then Allah's Messenger recited what Allah wished him to recite, and then said: Let ten persons come (to share the meal).  Ten persons were admitted, and when they were full, they went out. The he again said:  Let another ten do the same. They were admitted, ate their fill and went out. Then he again said:  Let another ten persons (do the same). In short, all of them ate their fill, and they were seventy or eighty men. Narrated by Al Bukhari, book of: .The merits of the Prophet (pbuh).
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Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with her)

Suaid Ibn Ghaflah said: Ali Bin Abi Taalib(May Allah be pleased with him) became hungry one day and in need of food. Therefore, he asked Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with her) to go to her father, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) to ask him for food. So she went to her father, and Umm Ayman (May Allah be pleased with her) was there at the time. Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with her) knocked on the door..

The prophet (Peace be upon him) told Um Ayman (May Allah be pleased with her): "Indeed this is the knocking of Fatimah, and she has come at a time which she does not regularly come in".

When Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with her) entered upon the prophet (Peace be upon him), she said: "O Prophet of Allah, the food of the angels is tahleel (Saying La Ilaha Illa Allah), tasbeeh (Saying Subhan Allah) and tahmeed (saying Alhamdulillah), so what is our food". He replied: "I swear by him who has sent me with the truth that a fire has not been lit in my house for thirty days! And we have received some goats, so if you will, I'll order for you five goats, and if you will, I will teach you five words which Jabriel (Peace be upon him) has taught me".

She said: "Teach me the words which Jabriel (Peace be upon him) has taught you". He said: "Say: O Allah you are the first of the first, O Allah you are the last of the last, O Allah you are the lord of unbreakable might, O Allah you are the one who has mercy on the poor, O Allah you are the most merciful of the merciful".

Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: So I left and entered upon Ali(R.A), in which he asked: "What happened?" She replied:"I left you for dunya (the worldy life) and I came back with akhira (the hereafter). Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) said: "This is the best of your days"

1 comment:

Ahsan said...

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