Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Those who come to Makkah for Hajj or Umrah, think it is an utter transgression to come so close to Madinah and yet not visit the Prophet, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. We want to give our salutations to the Prophet in person while standing so near to him.
And why not? The salam of the Prophet is much more blessed than salam of any other person. The companions, may Allah be pleased with them all, knew this fact and acted accordingly. Consider the following story of Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah radiyallahu anh. Once the Prophet came to visit him at his home. He stood outside the door and said, ‘May peace and the mercy of Allah be upon you.’ Sa’d, despite being at home and clearly hearing the prophet, remained silent. The Prophet repeated his greeting. Now Sa’d whispered an answer too low to reach the Prophet’s hearing. Meanwhile, his son Qais, who was watching this proceeding bewildered at his father’s behavior, asked, ‘Will you not give the Messenger of Allah permission to enter?’ Look at Sai’d’s reply: ‘Let him send many greetings of peace on us!’
We know that when we greet the Prophet will salam, he answers back. But is it because he can hear our salams when we’re near his grave, and so as a result answers to us? For an answer we need to look at what the Prophet himself said about this:
Allah (SWT) has angels who travel around on Earth conveying to me the Salams of my Ummah. [An Nasaii]
He also said, Whenever someone greets me, Allah returns the soul to my body (in the grave) and I return his greeting. [Abu Dawud, recorded in Riyadus Saliheen]
Therefore, no matter where in the world we live, we can get the blessings of the Prophet’s prayer upon us, the blessings for which Sa’d and the other companions craved so much. We can get it very easily – by sending salams on the Prophet. There are several blessings of sending peace and blessings on the Prophet, some of these are:
- The Prophet replies back to our prayers, and the Prophet’s prayer is far more potent than ours can ever be.
- For every prayer we send upon the Prophet, Allah sends ten upon us
- Ten evil deeds are removed from our record
- Our level is raise by ten degrees.
The above three points are according to the following hadith:
Whoever sends salah upon me once, Allah (SWT) will send salah upon him tenfold, and will erase ten sins from him, and will raise him ten degrees in status. [An Nasaii]
- By sending prayers upon the Prophet, we’re obeying Allah’s command in the following verse, as well as following the sunnah of Allah and that of the angels:
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. [33:56]
- It is a means of having our prayers answered.
While the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was seated, a man entered and performed Salat, and he said: ‘O Allah, forgive me, and have mercy upon me.’ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘You have rushed, O praying person. When you perform Salat and then sit, then praise Allah with what He is deserving of, and send Salat upon me, then call upon Him.’” He said: “Then another man performed Salat after that, so he praised Allah and sent Salat upon the Prophet (ﷺ). The Prophet (ﷺ) said to him: ‘O praying person! Supplicate, and you shall be answered.’ [Tirmidhi]
- It is a means of strengthening our connection of mutual love with the Prophet.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to the graveyard and said: “Peace be upon you! The abode of the believing people and we, if God so wills, are about to join you. I love to see my brothers.” They (the hearers) said: Aren’t we your brothers, O Messenger of Allah? He said: You are my companions, and our brothers are those who have, so far, not come into the world. They said: Messenger of Allah, how would you recognise those persons of your Ummah who have not yet been born? He said: Supposing a man had horses with white blazes on foreheads and legs among horses which were all black, tell me, would he not recognise his own horses? They said: Certainly, O Messenger of Allah. He said: They would come with white faces and arms and legs owing to ablution, and I would arrive at the Cistern before them. [Sahih Bukhari]
- It is a protection from the curse of the best of the humans and the best of the angels.
The Prophet said at the end of a long hadith:
Jibreel said: ‘If you are mentioned in a person’s presence and he does not send blessings upon you and he dies, he will enter Hell and Allaah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen.” [ibn Hibban]
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