Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Let’s continue from the first reminder. One day, some of the companions of the Prophet were sitting around him and said to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): O Messenger of Allah, we know how to send salaams upon you, but how should we send blessings upon you? He said: “Say: Allaahumma salli ‘alaa Muhammadin wa ‘alaa aali Muhammadin kamaa salayta ‘alaa Ibraheem wa alaa aali Ibraaheem, innaka hameedun majeed; Allaahumma baarik ‘alaa Muhammadin wa ‘alaa aali Muhammadin kama baarakta ‘alaa Ibraheem wa alaa aali Ibraaheem, innaka hameedum majeed meaninh O Allaah, send Your salaah (grace, honour and mercy) upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, as You sent Your salaah upon Ibraheem and the family of Ibraaheem, You are indeed Praiseworthy, Most Glorious. O Allaah, send Your blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as You sent Your blessings upon Ibraheem and the family of Ibraaheem, You are indeed Praiseworthy, Most Glorious).”Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6357) and Muslim (406).
The one who wants to send blessings properly upon the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) should send blessings upon him as he taught his companions to do, for there is no better way of sending blessings upon him than that. Whoever ignores that and chooses an innovated format that is contrary to sound belief has incurred a great loss.
Adh-Dhahabi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Anyone who does not adhere to the Prophet’s Sunnah in his worship and wird will regret it and become a mystic and will develop a bad attitude, and he will miss out on a great deal of good that he would have attained by following the Sunnah of his Prophet, who was kind and compassionate towards the believers and was keen to benefit them. Siyar A‘laam al-Muwaqqi‘een (3/85)
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
As for what is found in some books of different formats of salawaat (blessings upon the Prophet) based on rhymed prose and descriptions of the Prophet’s attributes, it may contain descriptions that are applicable only to the Lord of the Worlds. So you should avoid these things and flee from them as you would flee from a lion, and do not be deceived by what is in them of eloquent prose that could make the eyes weep and the heart melt. You should adhere to the original texts, and shun this which has been written with no guidance or authority. From Fataawa Noor ‘ala ad-Darb (8/2). And Allah knows best.
May Allah keep guiding us all. Aameen.
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