Peace and Blessings


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Over and over again, we send blessing on the Prophet ﷺ (peace and blessings be upon him), but do we know the meaning of what we are saying or why we are even saying it? Understanding what it is that we repeat at every mention of our beloved’s name will not only increase our love for him but increase our awareness of how great this man really was.

Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) says:

“Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.” [Qur’an, 33: 56]

Shaikh al-Sa’di says, “And in this there is an indication of the Prophet’s completeness, high rank, elevated status with Allah and His creation, and his wide fame. Indeed, Allah the Exalted and His angels confer blessings upon him, meaning that Allah praises him before the angels, and in the exalted assembly of angels due to His love for him. And the angels also praise him, make du`a’  [supplication] for him, and seek forgiveness for him in humbleness and humility. “

Subhan’Allah (glory be to God), imagine the status of our beloved! Pure, sinless angels praise him and make du`a’ for him. Not only that – our Creator praises him before these pure creations Himself!

He (Shaikh Sa’di) continues: “Oh you who believe, ask Allah to send blessings upon him and ask Allah to grant him peace. Through this you will be following the example of Allah and the angels, rewarding him for some of the rights he has upon you, completing your faith, glorifying him, loving and honoring him, increasing your good deeds, and expiating your sins.“

When should we send salah (prayers) and salam (peace)?

There is only one time that the salah and salam upon the Prophet ﷺ is mandatory, and that is in the last part of the prayer, the tashahhud (when one sits down after the last sajda). There are, however, many times that sending salah and salam upon the Prophet ﷺ are highly recommended. These include:

  • After hearing his name mentioned
  • After hearing the athaan (call to prayer)
  • While making du`a’
  • During the prayer of janaza (offered when a person dies)
  • During the Friday khutba (sermon)
  • When entering or leaving the masjid
  • All through the day of Jumu`ah (Friday)
  • When teaching and conveying knowledge
  • At the time of the marriage contract
  • In times of hardship and stress

Some of the virtues of sending salah and salam upon the Prophet ﷺ:

  • Fulfilling the command of Allah (swt), as in the ayah (verse) mentioned above
  • Following the example of Allah (swt) and the angels
  • Receiving ten salawaat (prayers) from Allah (swt):

The Prophet ﷺ said, “He who sends blessings on me once, Allah sends blessings on him ten times and removes from him ten sins and raises him by ten degrees.” (Nisaa`i)

  • Having the intercession of the Prophet ﷺ on the Day of Judgment:

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Whoever sends blessings on me ten times in the morning and ten times in the evening will have my intercession on the Day of Judgment.” (Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer)

  • Relief from worries and sins:

Ubayy bin Ka`b relates:  I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I send much blessings on you. What proportion of my prayer should I devote to (sending blessings on) you?”

He said, “As much as you like.”
I said, “A quarter?”

He said, “As much as you like, and if you increased it would only be better for you.”
I said, “Then a half?”

He said, “As much as you like and if you increased then it would only be better for you.”
I said, “Then two thirds?”

He said, “As much as you like and if you increased it would only be better for you.”

I said, “I’ll devote all of my prayers to sending blessings on you.”

The Prophet said, “In that case it will suffice you from your worries and your sins will be forgiven.” (Tirmidhi)

  • It increases your love for the Prophet ﷺ.

اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ

“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad, as You sent Your mercy on Abraham and on the family of Abraham. And send Your blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as You sent your Blessings on Abraham and on the family of Abraham. Verily You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious.”

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6 Comments

  1. Subhan Allah! what a beautiful article!!! Made my day, Jazak Allahu Khair!

    Allahumma Salli wa Sallem Ala Nabiyyina, Habibina Muhammed, wa Aalihi Wa Ashabihi!

  2. I love this article because it is beutifully written and very informative. Also, the timing for this article is perfect because Shabaan is the month of the holy Prophet!

  3. JAK for this. I only recently learned that the Prophet (PBUH) receives our blessings in the grave and returns them. What a beautiful lesson particularly as we prepare for Ramadan.

  4. Reed says:

    How do we know that the verse (33:56) applies to believers today? Once the prophet died, didn’t Allah grant him peace?

    • Mariam says:

      Asalamualiakum Reed,

      First, I want to say that Quran is not a historic book.It is not meant for one generation. It is sent to bring guidance for all times.It is living and breathing with knoweldge and it will be for the future generations. All the ayas have applied to the Muslims before us and apply to the Muslims today and will apply to the Muslims in the future inshAllah.

      In the Quran Allah swt states,“And We have sent you O Muhammad not but as a mercy for all of humankind, jinn, and all that exists.” (Quran 21:107)

      Our beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings from Allah swt be upon him) is sent to all mankind as a mercy.Therefore, we should constantly be thanking Allah swt for this blessing and sending salawat to our beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings from Allah swt be upon him.

      I apologize in advance for any mistakes as they are from my part and anything good is from Allah swt.

      Jazakullah Kair

    • Saad Yaqub says:

      Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem. Allahumma Salli wa Sallim ‘alaa Sayyidina Muhammad.

      Allah has already been bestowing His peace and blessings upon the Prophet, Allah bless Him and grant Him peace, since pre-eternity. The Prophet (Allah bless Him and greet Him with peace), does not need us to send blessings or peace upon Him; Allah suffices Him. The Prophet (Allah bless Him and grant Him peace) is not in need of anyone except His Lord.

      We are ordered to ask for Allah’s prayers and blessings upon Sayyidina Muhammad (SallAllahu ‘alaiHi wa Sallam) as an expression of our love for Him, which is in turn an indication of our deep faith. Allah commanded us to do so in order to reward us by praying upon us and blessing us in return if we follow His command.

      Therefore, the command applies to all believers till the End of Time and beyond. The Door of Mercy and Divine Favour which comes from sending Salawaat upon the Prophet (Allah bless Him and grant Him perpetual peace) is open for every believer no matter at which time he lives in.

      As is mentioned in a tradition, “every matter is between acceptance and rejection, except invocation of peace upon the Prophet”. Allah bless Him and grant Him peace.

      Do see:

      http://seekersguidance.org/blog/2012/11/why-do-we-send-prayers-of-peace-blessings-upon-the-beloved-prophet-of-god/

      Allahumma Salli wa Sallim ‘alaa Sayyidina Muhammad.

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