Benefits of Salawat
Benefits of reciting Ṣalawāt
The following benefits are related by various scholars and have been derived from multiple Hadith.
1) It is a means for the love of the angels, their support and their greetings
2) It is a means for his intercession صلى الله عليه وسلم
3) It leads to freedom from the hellfire and being safe from hypocrisy
4) It is a purification for his wrong actions
5) It leads to being near the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم on the Day of Resurrection
6) The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم returns the salaam of the one giving salaam
7) It erases wrong doings like water erases fire
8) One ṣalawāt wipes out sins for 80 years, the guardian angels do not record sins for 3 days
9) It is a means for salvation from the terrors on the Day of Resurrection
10) It brings the pleasure of Allah
11) The reciter will be under the shade of the Throne of Allah
12) The reciter won’t feel thirst on the Day of Resurrection
13) He will see his place in Paradise before he dies
14) It acts as charity
15) The one who recites 100 ṣalawāt daily will have 100 of his needs fulfilled; 70 in
the Afterlife and 30 in this world
16) It increases the reciter in love for the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم
These are just a few – there are many many other benefits listed by the Scholars.
Anecdotes from the lives of the Righteous
To inspire us further, let us look into the lives of the pious and their relationship with salawat
Shaykh ul-Akbar ibn Arabi relates that he met a blacksmith who was known as ‘Allahumma ṣalli ala Muhammad’, he was known by no other name. He didn’t converse with anyone except out of necessity. If someone came to him asking for something to be made out of iron, he didn’t accept payment; all he asked was for the person to send prayers upon our Prophet.
Heartache of Separation
Habib Umar bin Hafiz of Yemen relates that he met a Shaykh from Syria whilst on Hajj over thirty years ago who told him the following- a woman came to me crying profusely, I thought she may be in such as state because this was soon after the Hama massacre and she may have lost a close family member. No! She said three nights had passed and she hadn’t seen the Prophet in her dream. Three nights! I asked her how many how many prayers she sends upon him every day, she replied fifteen thousand! Due to this she began to see him every night.
Miracle in a step
Shaykh Muhammad Chisti would recite 10,000 prayers upon the Prophet every day. By virtue of this, he could travel large distances in a single step. He would go to Makkah al-Mukarramah every Friday to perform tawāf of the Kabah.
Shaykh Nur al-Din al-Shuni is believed to have been one of the first to bring people together for the sole purpose of sending prayers upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. These gatherings spread to the Hijaz, ash-Shām, Egypt, the Muslim West and West Africa. Shaykh Nur al-Din’s daily amount consisted of ten thousand prayers every morning and another ten thousand prayers every evening, besides leading group gatherings which would last for hours.
Fulfiller of Needs
Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf of Tarim, Yemen relates that the one who recites 300 prayers upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم every day shall experience every one of his needs of the world fulfilled; whether that is wealth, marriage, exams or ease from all
Vision whilst Awake
When the yearning of Shaykh Uthman dan Fodio for the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم intensified, he made a vow to Allah that he would be adhere to prayers upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم for an entire year, not speaking to anyone. He tirelessly filled his waking moments with prayers upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم together with a constant state of yearning for him صلى الله عليه وسلم. Eventually, as Abu-l-Baqa al-
‘Ajami said, ‘…the prayers upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم overwhelm your heart and permeate your soul so that you quiver when you hear him mentioned and the vision of him takes hold of your heart and you see his form before your inner eye. Finally, you will see him whilst awake.’ At the completion of his vow the following year, he was miraculously drawn into the presence of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم who told him, “O Uthman! I am your Imam and you will never go astray!”
Accepted from All
The great Imam, Sayyid, Shaykh Abul Mawahib al-Shadhili relates, “I saw the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم (in a dream) and I asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, the blessings of Allah are ten times upon the one who conveys blessings to you
once. Is this just for the one who utters it with the presence of heart?’ He صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘No, this is for every person who sends blessings upon me. Ifthey are heedless, then Allah sends them angels, as many as the size of a mountain, that pray for that person and seek forgiveness for them. If they have presence of heart then the knowledge of their reward is with Allah.’
Hadith Scholar par excellence
Various Ulema and awliya have related about the last Scholar of Hadith in Damascus: He was Shaykh Badr al-Din al-Hasani, a scholar who lived to his late 80’s, he was known in the last twenty years of his life not to have spoken much. If he was asked a question, he would hand over a book giving the answer from the book. It is said he would recite 30,000 prayers upon the Prophet every day. He was ill only twice in his life; once when he was young and lastly three days before he died.
Where are the Angels? Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf related the following, ‘There was a righteous woman who used to send lots of prayers upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. She wasn’t a highly educated woman but she was a woman who was connected to the Prophet صلى الله
عليه وسلم by sending abundant prayers upon him صلى الله عليه وسلم.
When she passed away, her daughter saw her in her dream and asked her how she was. The mother replied that she was in the grave awaiting interrogation, hours passed by and no one came. As she sat up, waiting, the right wall of her grave collapsed and fell down. She looked and saw green grass and trees as far as the eye could see and she saw two women sitting under one of the trees. She
approached these women and told them that she had died and was awaiting the two interrogating angels. The two women smiled and told her that anyone who comes to these trees in the world of the Barzakh, the interrogating angels will not come to them, they will not be questioned and they will not face any difficulty.’
Habib Kadhim went on to say, ‘Look at this woman, she reached the point where she entered the garden of this intermediary realm where there is no questioning just because of the blessings of sending prayers upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.’
The Blessed Vision
It has been related in the book, Mafatih al-Mafatih, that whoever sees the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم in a dream will; die with iman, receive his صلى الله عليه وسلم intercession on the Day of Resurrection and entrance into Jannah. Moreover, they will receive Allah’s forgiveness and if their parents are Muslim, they will be forgiven too. To have the vision is as though one has recited the Quran twelve times, they will be relieved of the agony of death and the torment of the grave and they will be protected from the terrors of the Day of Resurrection. All of their wishes of the world
and the hereafter will be fulfilled, by his grace and generosity.
Freedom from the Hellfire
Abi Abdullah b. al-Numan said in his book Misbah al Zalam, ‘We have related on the authority of Khallad b. Kathir b. Muslim that after he died they found a piece of paper next to his head. Upon it there was written, “This is a declaration that Khallad b. Kathir is safe from the Hellfire”. When they asked around about Khallad’s deeds, his family informed them, “Every Friday he would send one thousand prayers upon the