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Saturday, April 9, 2011

VIRTUES OF DUROOD SHARIF

Al-Qur'an 33:56 instructs us to read Durood Shareef

We are informed in Al-Qur'an 33:56 that ''Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) sends His Salaat (Blessings and Honours) on the Prophet (Muhammad) & also His angels. O you who believe! Send your Salaat (blessings) on him (Muhammad) and you should greet him with the Islamic way of greeting (Assalamu 'Alaykum).'' In other words, we are informed in this ayat (verse) of Al-Qur'an to read Durood Shareef and to send Salaam on our Most Beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (Peace and Blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him).

In the eyes of Allah Almighty reading Durood Shareef is of paramount importance, otherwise Allah Almighty would not have commanded us to do so, as is the case in this ayat above. When Allah Almighty Himself, alongwith His Angels is sending Durood Shareef on the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (Peace and Blessings of Allaha Almighty be upon him), then this is an important duty on the UMMAH to do likewise i.e. to practice what Allah Almighty and His Angels are doing.


70 Billion Angels sent for Durood Shareef


It is reported by Hadrat Ka'ab (May Allah Almighty be pleased with him) that 70,000 angels descend on the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa's (Peace and Blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him) Mosque daily, surround it and touch it with their heavenly wings, and continue reciting Durood Shareef and leave for the heavens in the evening. They are replaced by another 70,000 angels who stay till dawn to be replaced by another 70,000 angels in the morning, and each angel cannot return after its initial visit. This process will keep continuing until the Day of Judgement. A rough calculation reveals that to date almost 70 BILLION ANGELS have been sent by Allah Almighty to the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa's (Peace and Blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him) Mosque to read Durood Shareef upon him. And only Allah Almighty knows how many more will be sent until the Day of Judgement. This is indeed an indication of the utmost highest regard Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) has for His Most Beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (Peace and Blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him). Therefore we must not under-rate the significance, importance and the merits of reading Durood Shareef for our Beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (Peace and Blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him).


The Last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad [saw] is the greatest benefactor of humanity and a source of guidance for all Muslims. Loving him is an essential part of faith.

Narrated Anas bin Malik ? , the Prophet [saw] said “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” (Agreed Upon )

The best way to express love for the Prophet [saw] is to send peace and blessings upon him. Regarding this, Allah says in the Holy Quran:

“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.” (Chapter 33, Surah Al-Ahzab, Ayah 56)

‘Durood’ is a Persian word which has been adapted into Urdu. The equivalent for ‘Durood’ in Arabic is ‘Salaah’, which means blessings, mercy and supplications. When attributed to Allah , the meaning of ‘Salaah’ is that He sends His Grace and Blessings on the Prophet [saw]. With regards to the angels and people, it means that they make supplication to Allah to confer His blessings upon the Prophet [saw].

Reciting
(‘sallallahu alyihi wa sallam’) whenever the name of the Prophet [saw] is heard, written or read is an act of great virtue and excellence.


Elevation of Status
Anas bin Malik ? relates that the Prophet [saw] 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.” (Sunan Nasai)

Worthy of Intercession
Abu al-Darda’ ? relates that the Messenger of Allah [saw] 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 Misery and Sorrow
Ubayy bin Ka`b ? relates: I said, “O Messenger of Allah [saw], 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 [saw] said, “In that case it will suffice you from your worries and your sins will be forgiven.”
(Jami’ Tirmidhi)

Source of Blessings
‘Abdurrahman bin ‘Auf ? relates that the Messenger of Allah [saw] went out once and he followed him until he entered a grove of palm trees and prostrated. His prostration was so long that ‘Abdurrahman feared that Allah had taken his soul. ‘Abdurrahman came to look at him and he raised his head and said: “What is wrong, Abdurrahman?” Abdurrahman mentioned what had happened, and the Prophet [saw] said: “Gabriel ? came to me and said: ‘Shall I not give you glad tidings? Allah says to you, “Whoever sends blessings upon you, I confer blessings upon him. Whoever sends salutations to you, I send peace on him.”’ Therefore, I prostrated to Allah in thanks”.
(Musnad Ahmed and Al-Hakim)

Acceptance of Supplications
Abdullah bin Mas’ud ? narrates: I was once praying, and the Prophet [saw], Abu Bakr? and Umar ? (were all present). When I sat down (in the final tashahhud), I praised Allah, then sent salaams on the Prophet [saw], then started praying for myself. At this, the Prophet [saw] said:
‘Ask (in this manner) and you shall be given! Ask, and you shall be given it!’
(Jami’ Tirmidhi)

Increase in Reward
Abu Huraira ? relates that the Prophet [saw] said, “Whoever sends blessings on me once, Allah writes ten good deeds in his book of deeds.” (Fadal as-Salaah ala an-Nabi)


Occasions for Invoking Blessings

There is no restriction of time and place, nor are there any special requirements for sending peace and blessings on the Prophet [saw].
• No matter when or where a believer supplicates for blessings and peace on the Prophet [saw], it is delivered to him ( Musnad Ahmed)
• The Prophet [saw] has taught us to send peace and blessings upon him in the last part (tashahhud) of the salaah (Jami’ Tirmidhi)
• It is prescribed (masnoon) to send peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah [saw] after the second takbeer of the funeral prayers (Musnad Shaf’i)
• Sending peace and blessings upon the Prophet [saw] after hearing the call to prayer (adhaan) and before making supplications is a means of receiving ten blessings from Allah (Sahih Muslim)
• The supplication for peace and blessings made at the grave of the blessed Prophet [saw] is conveyed to him by the angels appointed for this purpose. (Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer)
• Supplications for the Prophet [saw] made on Fridays are presented to him. (Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer)
• The etiquette of making supplications, which have a greater likelihood of acceptance, is to first praise Allah , then send peace and blessings upon the Prophet [saw] and then supplicate (Jami’ Tirmidhi)
• It is recommended (masnoon) to send blessings upon the Prophet of Allah [saw] in every gathering because gatherings where this is not done may become a means of chastisement from Allah (Jami’ Tirmidhi)
• Sending blessings on the Prophet [saw] ten times in the morning and ten times in the evening will be a source of intercession on the Day of Judgment (Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer)
• It is recommended to send blessings on the Prophet [saw] at the beginning of sermons and preaching, at gathering of learning (especially when ahadith of the Prophet [saw] are being taught), at the time of engagement or marriage, when writing and at the beginning of every righteous deed. It will be a cause for attaining Allah’s pleasure and mercy and facilitate the task at hand.

• Imam Nawawi states that the prescribed (masnoon) way of sending blessings (durood) upon the Prophet [saw] is . Thus we should only use those words which have been taught to us by the Prophet [saw] in authentic traditions (sahih ahadith).

• Fatima ? says that whenever the Prophet of Allah [saw] entered the mosque he recited:

“I enter the mosque in the name of Allah; Peace be upon the Messenger of Allah [saw]. O Allah! Forgive my sins and open the gates of mercy for me. “
And when he left the mosque, he recited these words:

“I exit (from the mosque) in the name of Allah; Peace be upon the Messenger of Allah [saw]. O Allah! Forgive my sins and open Your gates of bounties for me.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

• It is narrated by Aisha ? that the Prophet [saw] after finishing his prayers would recite these words three times:

“Exalted is your Lord, the Lord of might, above what they describe; and peace upon the messengers. And praise to Allah , Lord of the worlds.” (Jami’ Tirmidhi)

• Whenever Abdullah bin Umar ? returned from a journey, he would visit the grave of the Messenger of Allah [saw] and make the following supplication:

“Peace be upon you O Messenger of Allah [saw]!” (Fadal as-Salaah ala an-Nabi)

• It was narrated by Abdullah bin Mas’ud ? that the Messenger of Allah [saw] said: “Some angels appointed by Allah go around on earth, and convey to me the salutations (salaam) sent by my ummah.” (Sunan Nasai)

• Narrated Abu Huraira ?: The Prophet [saw] said: “If any one of you greets me, Allah returns my soul to me and I respond to the greeting” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

In the life of barzakh (stage of afterlife before Day of Judgment), the salutations (salaam) are conveyed to the Prophet [saw] through appointed angels. How is that possible? Regarding this we have not been given any knowledge. We should be firm in our belief that Allah has Supreme Power and nothing is impossible for Him; and that we should accept without questions matters which have not been revealed to us.


Prescribed Words of Blessings for the Prophet [saw]

1.
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad [saw] and on the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent Your mercy on Abraham and on the family of Abraham, for You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious. O Allah! Send Your blessings on Muhammad [saw] and the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent your blessings on Abraham and on the family of Abraham, for You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious.”
(Sahih Bukhari)
2.
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad [saw] and on his wives and on his off spring, as You sent Your mercy on the family of Abraham; and send Your blessings on Muhammad [saw] and on his wives and on his offspring, as You sent Your blessings on the family of Abraham, for You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious.”
(Sahih Bukhari)
3.
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad [saw] the unlettered Messenger and on the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent Your mercy on Abraham and on the family of Abraham. And send Your blessings on Muhammad [saw] the unlettered Messenger and the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent your Blessings on Abraham and on the family of Abraham. Verily You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious.”
(Al Mustadrak ala as-Sahihain lil-Hakim)
4.
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on your servant and messenger, Muhammad [saw], as You sent Your mercy on the family of Abraham; and send Your blessings on Muhammad [saw] and on the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent Your blessings on Abraham.”
(Sahih Bukhari)
5.
“O Allah! Bestow Your mercy upon Muhammad [saw] the unlettered Messenger and the family of Muhammad [saw]”
(Sunan Abu Dawud)
6.
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad [saw] and on the family of Muhammad [saw]” (Sunan Nasai)



Sayyidah Halima Sa'adiya (radi Allahu anha), the wet-nurse of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), believed the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to be Noor. She said that when she used to feed the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) milk in his infancy, she never felt the need for a light in her house. (Bayaanul Miladun Nabwi; Tafseer Mazhari).

Sayyidah Safiya (radi Allahu anha), the aunt of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) states that on the eve of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) she was present in his house. She said that she saw his Noor became more powerful than the light from the lamp. (Shawaahidun Nubuiwat)

Sayyiduna Ali Murtuza (radi Allahu anhu) said that when the Beloved of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) spoke, Noor (light) used to be seen emerging from between his blessed teeth. (Muwahibul Laduniya; Anwaarul Muhammadiyah)

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) states that when the beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) smiled, then the walls use to glow with his Noor. (Muwahibul Laduniya; Shifa Shareef)

Sayyiduna Anas (radi Allahu anhu) states that the day in which the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) arrived in Madinatul Munawwarah, everything in Madinatul Munawwarah became bright through his Noor. (Tirmizi Shareef; Ibn Majah)

Ummul Mo'mineen, Sayyidah Aisha Siddiqa (radi Allahu anha) is recorded to have said: "In total dark nights, I used to put the thread into a needle with the help of the Noor of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)." (Shara Shifa Bar Hashia Naseemur Riaz)

Sayyiduna Imam-e-Azam Abu Hanifa (alaihir rahmah) praises the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in the following poem: "You are that Noor that the full Moon is brightened by your Noor and you are with your beauty and elegance a shining sun." (Qasidaul Nu'maan)

Sayyiduna Jabir bin Abdullah Ansari (radi Allahu anhu) reports: I asked: "O Prophet of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), What did the Almighty Allah first create?" The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) replied: "Allah first created my Noor (Light) of His Noor. This Noor travelled about according to the Will of Allah. At that time, there was no Heaven, Hell, Lawh (Divine Tablet), Pen, Earth, Skies, Sun, Moon, Jinn or Human Beings. When He decided to create, He divided that Noor into four parts. From one part He created the Pen, from the second, the Lawh and from the third, he made the Arsh (Throne).

"He divided the fourth part into a further four parts. From one, He created those Angels who carry the Arsh, from the second, the Kursi (Divine Chair) and from the third, He created the Angels.

"He again divided the remaining parts into a further four parts. From one, He created the skies. The second was used in creating the planets. From the third, Heaven and Earth were created.

"Once again, He divided the fourth part into a further four parts. From one part He created the power with which the believers see. From the second, He created in the hearts of the Believers the Noor of Marifat. From the third, He created in the tongues of the Believers, Noor, so that they can read the Kalima of Tauheed". (Dalaa'il-un-Nubuwwat, Imam Baihaqi)

This astonishing Hadith Shareef proves that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the life of this world and everything in it. When he is the life of this world, then everything that happens in it is clear to him and nothing is concealed from him. Who then can deny that he is not Noor (light)?



There has come to you a Light from Allah, and a Manifest Book. (Quran 5:15)

In this verse, the word Light has been explained by a number of classic Quranic exegetes as follows:

Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti: "It is the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)" (Tafsir al-Jalalayn, 139).

Ibn Jarir al-Tabari: "By Light He means Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), through whom Allah has illuminated the truth, manifested Islam, and obliterated polytheism; since he is a light for whoever seeks illumination from him, which makes plain the truth" (Jami' al-bayan, 6.161).

Fakhr al-Razi: "There are various positions about it, the first being that the Light is Muhammad, and the Book is the Quran " (al-Tafsir al-kabir, 11:194).

al-Baghawi: "It means Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), or, according to a weaker position, Islam" (Ma'alam al-Tanzil, 2.228).

Qurtubi (Ahkam al-Quran , 6.118) and Mawardi (al-Nukat wa al-'uyun, 2.22) mention that interpreting Nur as "Muhammad" (Allah bless him and give him peace) was also the position by [the Imam of Arabic grammar Ibrahim ibn Muhammad] al-Zajjaj (d. 311/923).

All of which shows that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), is a light from Allah, according to the Quran. This is the interpretation of the earliest exegetes, for al-Tabari was the sheikh of the salaf (early Muslims) in tafsir; while explaining Nur as "Islam" is an interpretation that came later.

As for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) being a bashar or 'human being', there is no doubt of this, because it is Quran and 'aqida. Yet the Quran does not simply state that he is a human being, but rather says,
Say, "I am but a man like you who is divinely inspired that your god is but One God." (Quran 18:10)

The important qualificatory phrase in this verse shows us that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was a completely different sort of human being from anyone else, then or now. For none of us can say he is divinely inspired as the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) was. Rather, as is said in a poetic ode to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) which is often sung at gatherings after singing the Qasida al-Burda [Ode of the Prophetic Mantle] by al-Busayri:
Muhammad is a human being, but not like humankind;
He is a ruby, while people are as stones.

Though the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is the Light of Allah, he is of course a created light. Someone who believes otherwise has made the mistake of the Christians with Jesus (upon whom be peace), or the Hindus with their Avatars. We saw in the discussion at the end of question (5) above that an ascriptive (idafa) construction like Nur Allah does not show that this Nur or 'Light' is an attribute of Allah. Rather, the ascriptive construction in this case is a kind called idafa tashrif, or an 'ascription of ennoblement', like the title Bayt Allah 'The House of Allah' for the Kaaba in Mecca, named this for its nobility, not that Allah lives inside, much less that it is divine attribute. Or like the she-camel that was sent to Thamud, which was called in the Quran Naqat Allah 'The She-Camel of Allah' as an ascription of ennoblement; namely, because of its inviolability in the Shari'a of that time.not that it was ridden by Allah, or was a divine attribute.

As for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) being the first of creation, among the Islamic scholars who have compiled works on his characteristics is the hadith master (hafiz) Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti with his two-volume hadith work al-Khasa'is al-kubra [The greater compendium of unique attributes], of which the first chapter is entitled "The Uniqueness of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in Being the First of the Prophets to Be Created, the Priority of His Prophethood, and the Taking of the Covenant with Him." The chapter's first hadith was reported by Ibn Abi Hatim in his Tafsir [Quranic exegesis], and by Abu Nu'aym in Dala'il al-nabuwwa [Proofs of prophethood], from numerous chains of transmission, from Qatada, who related it from Hasan [al-Basri], from Abu Hurayra (Allah be well pleased with him), that of the Quranic verse
And lo, We took from the prophets their covenant, and from you, and Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus son of Mary; and We took from them a momentous covenant. (Quran 33:7)

that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "I was the first of the Prophets to be created and the last of them to be sent." Suyuti records nine other hadiths indicating that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was the first of the prophets to be created; among them the hadith reported by Bukhari in his Tarikh [History], and by Ahmad, Tabarani, Hakim, and Bayhaqi, that Maysara al-Fajr (Allah be well pleased with him) said, "I asked, 'O Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), when were you a Prophet?' and he said, 'While Adam was between soul and body'" (al-Khasa'is al-kubra, 3-4).

As for "a hadith in Tirmidhi that states that the prophets (upon whom be peace) were created from the Nur of Allah and the first amongst them was the prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace)," I find it hard to imagine that it is in Tirmidhi or elsewhere with an acceptable channel of transmission, for Suyuti would hardly have failed to mention it in his Khasa'is, since this is the sort of thing the book is about, and Suyuti is a hadith master (hafiz), yet it is not there. In any case, the Quran is sufficient about the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) being a light from Allah. Finally, in the metaphysic of the Sufis, or at least those whom I have met, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is both the 'Light of Allah' and 'a human being', and the inability to join between the two aspects is a lack of understanding of the greatness of al-Haqiqa al-Muhammadiyya, the 'Muhammadan Reality'.

To gain an idea of their point of departure, we may note that the entire universe has been created by Allah in order that His names and attributes might be manifest, that is, in order that He might be known, for He says,
Nor did I create men and jinn, except to worship Me. (Quran 51:56)

al-Baghawi: Mujahid [ibn Jabr al-Makki (d. 104/722)], said this means 'except to know Me' which is a sound interpretation, since if He had not created them, they would not have known His existence and His oneness (Ma'alam al-tanzil, 5.230).

Now, the divine names, such as, al-Rahman 'the All-merciful', al-Karim 'the Most Generous', al-Rafi' 'He-Who-Raises', al-Khafid 'He-Who-Lowers', al-Sabur 'the Most Patient' al-Muntaqim 'the Avenger', and the others, entail and comprise the existence of the entire spectrum of human conditions.but particularly, ultimately, eternally, and at their fullest manifestation.the outcomes of paradise and hell.

These outcomes in their turn entail a logos or determining order that governs them, an illuminatory law that renders them and the states of their inhabitants transparent and intelligible, an ultimate standard. This is what we call the Shari'ia or 'Sacred Law', inseparable in principle from its divine origin, for it is one with Allah's speech, the Quran , and the sunna, His act of inspiration to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Part of the Law is that "none of you shall enter paradise by his works" (rather through Allah's mercy), but the levels within it do correspond to works whose qualities and conditions are given in the revelation.

From the point of view of manifesting the divine attributes and names.their ultimate outcomes consisting in the destinies of human beings, without which they would remain unmanifest.the appearance of the Islamic Shari'a, in its final and perfected form at the end of human history, is the raison d'être, or 'reason for being', of the whole created universe; and ontologically prior to it in the timelessly preeternal knowledge of Allah Most High.

And the focal point of this light of lights, the head of the whole matter of its appearance, and the site of its manifestation.in a sense the résumé of all created being and occasion for its appearance.is the al-Haqiqa al-Muhammadiyya, or 'Muhammadan Reality' the Holy Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), whose consciousness was identical with this Shari'a.

We cannot ever claim to know all of the Prophet's perfections (Allah bless him and give him peace), only that Allah describes him in His book as 'light'; while at the same time, he had to be a human being, in order that the Sacred Law could be manifest, and the imperative of obeying it be binding on every human being. And Allah knows best.


The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah has angels who go around on earth, conveying to me the salaam of my ummah.” [Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 1282; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1664]

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Send blessings upon me for your greeting will reach me no matter where you are.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood, 2042; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7226]

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “If any one of you greets me, Allah returns my soul to me and I respond to the greeting”. [Sunan Abu Dawud 2036. Shaykh Al Albani declared this narration hasan in his Silsila Al Ahaadeeth Al Saheeha, no. 2266]



One Day Sayedena Ali [as] Asked . O Muhammad [s], I pray you tell me what the Lord Almighty created before all other beings of creation

This was his blissful reply:



Verily, before your Lord made any other thing,
He created from His own Light
the light of your Prophet [s]

and that Light rested haithu mashaAllah, where Allah willed it to rest. And at that time there existed aught else

-not the Preserved Tablets, not the Pen, not Heaven nor Hell, not the Angelic Host, not the heavens nor the earth; there was no sun, no moon, no star, no jinn nor man nor angel–none was as yet created, only this Light.

Then Allah – glorified be He – by Divine decree willed the Creation to be. He therefore divided this Light of the Prophet [s] into four parts.

From the first part of Sayedena Muhammad [s] Light He created the Pen,
from the second the Tablets,
from the third the Divine Throne. [ from the light of Sayedena Muhammad[s]]

Now it has become known that when the Lord had created the Tablets and the Pen, the Pen had on it one hundred nodes, the distance between two nodes being that of two years wayfaring. The Lord then commanded the Pen to write, and the Pen asked, “Oh Lord, what shall I write?”
The Lord said,
“Write: La ilaha illAllah, 70,000 years the pen wrote.
Then ordered to write for 70000 years Muhammadan Rasulullah.”

There upon the Pen exclaimed, “Oh, what a beautiful, great name is that of Muhammad that it is to mentioned in one with Thy hallowed Name, oh Lord.”
The Lord then said, “Oh Pen, mind your manners! This name is the name of My Beloved, from his Light I have created the Throne and the Pen and the Tablets; you, too, are created from his Light. Had it not been for him, I would not have created a single thing.”

When Allah Almighty had spoken these words, the Pen split in two from awe of the Lord, and the place from which its speech issued became blocked, so that to this very day its nib remains cloven in two and clogged up, so it does not write, which is the sign of this great divine secret. Therefore, let no one fail in veneration and honoring of the Holy Prophet, or become lax in following his shining example, or contravene the noble custom he has taught us. { This is the secrets of Lam Alif }

18.60 And when Moses said unto his servant: I will not give up until I reach the point where the two rivers meet, though I march on for ages.

Then again the Lord commanded the Pen to write. “What shall I write, oh Lord?” asked the Pen. The Lord of the Worlds then said, “Write that which will be until the Day of Judgment!” Said the Pen, “Oh Lord, with what shall I begin?” Said the Lord, “With these words you shall commence: BismiAllah al-Rahman al-Rahim.” In perfect respect and deference, the Pen then set out to write these words upon the Tablets, and it completed writing them in seven hundred years.

When the Pen had written these words, the Almighty spoke and said, “It has taken you seven hundred years to write three of My Names; the Name of My Majesty, My Mercy and My Compassion. These blessed words I have made as a present to the nation of My Beloved Muhammad. [ MHMM ]

By My Majesty I pledge that whenever any servant from this nation pronounces the words of the Bismillah with a pure intention, I will write seven hundred years of countless reward for this servant, and seven hundred years of sins I will erase.”

Now, the fourth part of this Light of Prophet [s] I have again divided into four parts:

from one part I have created the Throne-bearing Angels (hamalat al-`Arsh)
From the second I have created the Kursi, the Divine court (the upper Heaven supporting the Divine Throne, the `Arsh);
from the third I created all the other heavenly angels;
and the fourth part I have partitioned once more into four:

From its first part I made the skies, from its second I made the earths, from its third I made the Jinn and the fire.
Its fourth part I have again divided into four parts:

from one part I made the light upon the faces of the believers;
from the second part I made the light within their hearts,
imbuing them with knowledge of the divine;
from the third the light upon their tongues which is the light of Tawhid (the Unity of Allah),

From the fourth part I made the different lights of the soul of Muhammad .
This lovely soul came into being 360 thousand years before the creation of the world,
v and it was shaped most beautifully and made of incomparable matter.
v Its head was made from guidance, its neck from humility,
v its eyes from modesty, its forehead from closeness (to Allah),
v its mouth from patience, its tongue from truthfulness,
v its cheeks from love and admonition,
v its belly from abstemiousness and other worldliness,
v its feet and knees from following the straight path,
v and its noble heart was filled with mercy.

This much-honored soul was taught with mercy and equipped with all manner of wondrous powers. It was given its message and its prophetic qualities were installed.

Then the Crown of Divine Proximity was placed upon its blessed head, eminent and exalted above all else, embellished with Divine Pleasure and given the pure, holy name of Habibullah (Beloved of Allah). [ YA-Seen [s] ]

The Twelve Veils
Allahs Dressing of The Light of Sayedena Muhammad [s]
{ BismAllah=786=21, 12 is the Mirror of 21, 12 Months, 12th Rabil Awal, 12 tribes, 12 Represent Completion }
After this the Lord Almighty, blessed be He, created twelve Veils. Each Month is a Dress of Allahs Tajalli on The Lights of Creation.

The first of these was the Veil of Power within which the Prophet’s soul remained for twelve thousand years, reciting Subhana rabbil-’ala (Glory be to my Lord, the Lofty). First Lunar Month Muharram etc..
The second was the Veil of Grandeur in which he was veiled for eleven thousand years, saying, Subhanal ’Alim al-Hakim (Glory be to my Lord, the All-Knowing, the Wise).
Ten thousand years he remained shrouded in the Veil of Kindness, saying Subhana man huwa da’im, la yaqta (Glory to Him who is perpetual, who never ends). Mawlid
The fourth veil was the Veil of Mercy, therein the noble soul remained for nine thousand years, praising Allah, saying: Subhana-rafi’-al-`ala (Glory be to the Elevated, the High).
The fifth veil was the Veil of Bliss, and therein he remained for eight thousand years, glorifying the Lord and saying, Subhana man huwa qa’imun la yanam. (Glory to Him who is ever existent, who sleeps not).
The sixth veil was the Veil of Munificence; he remained enfolded in it for seven thousand years, praising, Subhana-man huwal-ghaniyu la yafqaru (Glory be to Him who is rich, who never grows indigent).
Then followed the seventh veil, the Veil of Rank. Here the enlightened soul remained for six thousand years, praising the Lord and saying: Subhana man huwal Khaliq-an-Nur (Glory to Him who is the Creator, the Light).Rajab
Next, He veiled him in the eighth veil, the Veil of Guidance where he remained for five thousand years, praising Allah and saying, Subhana man lam yazil wa la yazal. (Glory to Him whose existence does not cease, who does not vanish).
Then followed the ninth veil, which was the Veil of Prophethood where he stayed for four thousand years, glorifying the Lord: “Subhana man taqarrab bil-qudrati wal-baqa.” (Glory to Him who draws nigh to His Omnipotence and Immortality). Ramadan
Then came the Veil of Eminence, the tenth veil where this enlightened soul remained for three thousand years, reciting praises on the Creator of all Causes, saying, “Subhana dhil-’arshi ‘amma yasifun.” (Glory be to the Owner of the Throne, above all else attributed to Him).
The eleventh veil was the Veil of Light. There he remained for two thousand years, praying, “Subhana dhil-Mulk wal-Malakut.” (Glory to the Lord over the heavenly and earthly Kingdoms).
The twelfth veil was the Veil of Intercession, and there he remained for one thousand years, saying “Subhana-rabbil-’azhim” (Glory to my Lord, the Sublime). {Dhul Hajj Thats why you make Haji on the 12th Month}

Creation of the Beloved AHMAD
Thereafter the Lord created a tree which is known as the Tree of Certainty.

This tree has four branches. He placed this blessed soul upon one of its branches, and it continued to praise Allah for forty thousand years, saying, Allahu dhul-Jalali wal-Ikram. (Allah, Possessor of Might and of Kindness).

After it had thus praised Him with many and varied praises, the Almighty created a mirror, and He placed it so as to face the soul of Habibullah,{ secrets of the number 11 } and commanded his soul to gaze into this mirror.
The soul looked into the mirror and saw itself reflected as possessing the most comely and perfect form.

He then recited five times, Shukran lillahi ta’ala (thanks be to Allah, Exalted be He), and fell down in prostration before his Lord.
He remained in each sajda for one hundred years, saying Subhanal-aliyyul-azhim, wa la yajhalu. (Glory be to the High, the Sublime, who ignores nothing);
Subhanal-halim alladhi la yu’ajjalu. (Glory be to the Mild One who hastens not);
Subhanal-jawad alladhi la yabkhalu. (Glory be to the Generous who is unstinting).

Therefore the Causer of all Being obliged the nation of Muhammad [s] to perform sajda (prostration) five times a day – these five prayers in the course of one day and night were a gift of honor to the nation of Muhammad [s].

From the Light of Muhammad
Next the Lord created a lamp of green emerald [ Bible book of revelations describes the Emerald Throne of the Heavenly King] from the Light,

and attached it to the tree by a chain of light.
Then He placed the soul of Muhammad [s] inside the lamp and commanded it to praise Him with the Most Beautiful Names (Asma al-Husna).

This it did, and it began to recite each one of the Names for one thousand years. When it reached the Name ar-Rahman (the Merciful), the gaze of Mercy fell upon it and the soul began to sweat from modesty.

Drops of sweat fell from it, as many as there were to be prophets and messengers, each drop of rose-flavored sweat turning into the soul of a prophet.

They all assembled around that lamp in the tree, and the Almighty addressed the soul of the Prophet Muhammad r, “See here this multitude of prophets whom I have created from the pearl-like drops of your sweat.”

Obeying this command, he gazed upon them, and as the light of the eye enfolds the object, so the souls of all these prophets were suddenly engulfed in the light of Muhammad[s], and they cried, “Oh Lord, who has wrapped us in light?”

The Lord answered them, “This is the Light of My Beloved Muhammad, and if you will believe in him and confirm his prophetic message, I will grant you the honor of prophethood.”
Thereupon all the souls of the prophets declared their belief in his prophethood, and the Lord said, “I bear witness to your acknowledgment,” and they all assented. As it is declared in the Holy Quran:
And when God took oath with the Prophets: That I have given you of Book and Wisdom; then there shall come to you a Messenger confirming what is with you–you shall believe in him and you shall help him; do you agree? He said. And do you take My load on you on that condition They said, ‘We do agree.’ God said, ‘Bear witness so, and I shall be with you among the witnesses.’ (The House of Imran, 3:75-76)

Then this pure, holy soul took up its recital of the Most Beautiful Names again.

When it came to the Name al-Qahhar,[ R- Rab, Ha- Hadi , Qaf- Wal Quran al Majid] its head began to sweat once more from the intensity of His Divine Majesty and Awe, and from these beads of sweat the Almighty created the souls of the blessed angels.

From the sweat on His face RasulAllah [s], the Almighty created the Throne and the Divine Court,
the Tablets and the Pen, the sun, the moon and the stars.
From the sweat of his chest He created the scholars, the martyrs and the righteous believers.

From the sweat on his back were made the Bayt-al-Ma’mur (the heavenly house),
the Kabatullah (the Kaaba), and the Bayt-al-Muqaddas (the Haram of Jerusalem),
and the Rauda-i-Mutahhara (the Tomb of the Holy Prophet r at Madinah), as well as all other mosques in the world.

From the sweat on his brows were made the souls of all the believers, and from the sweat of his lower back (the coccyx) were made the souls of all the unbelievers, fire worshippers and idolaters.

From the sweat of his feet was made all the ground from east to west, and all that is within it. From every drop of sweat the soul of one believer or unbeliever was created. That is the reason the Holy Prophet [s] is referred to as “Abu Arwah”, Father of Souls. All these souls gathered round the soul of Muhammad [s], circling round him with praise and glorification for one thousand years; then the Lord commanded these souls to look at the soul of Muhammad [s]. The souls all obeyed.

Who Gazed at the Soul of Muhammad
Now, those among them whose gaze fell upon his head were destined to become kings and heads of state in this world. Those who gazed at his forehead became just chiefs. Those who gazed at his eyes would become hafiz of the Word of Allah (i.e. one who commits it to memory). Those who saw his eyebrows became painters and artists. Those who saw his ears were to be of those who accept admonition and advice. Those who saw his blessed cheeks became performers of good and reasonable works. Those who saw his face became judges and perfumers, and those who saw his blessed lips became ministers.
Whoever saw his mouth was to be of those who fast much. Whoever looked at his teeth would be of comely appearance, and whoso saw his tongue was to become the ambassador of kings. Whoever saw his blessed throat was to become a preacher and mu’adhdhin (who calls the adhan). Whoever looked at his beard was to become a fighter in the way of Allah. Whoever looked at his upper arms was to become an archer or a diver in the sea, and whoever saw his neck became a merchant and a trader.
Whoso saw his right hand became a leader, and who saw his left hand became a dispenser (who holds the scales and measures out provisions). Whoso looked at the palms of his hands became a generous person; whoso looked at the backs of his hands became a miser. Whoso saw the inside of his right hand became a painter; who saw the fingertips of his right hand was to be a calligrapher, and who saw the tips of his left hand would be an ironworker.
Whoso saw his blessed chest would be of the learned, ascetic and scholarly. Whoso saw his back would be a humble person and obeying the laws of the Shari’a. Whoso saw his blessed sides would be a warrior. Whoever looked at his belly would be of the contented ones, and whoever looked at his right knee would be of those who perform ruk’u and sujud. Whoever looked at his blessed feet became a hunter, and who saw the bottom of his soles became one of those who take to the road. Who saw his shadow were to become singers and saz (lute) players.
All those who looked but saw nothing were to become unbelievers, fire worshippers and idolaters.
Those who didn’t look at all were to become those who would declare themselves to be gods, such as Nimrod, Pharoah and his like.

Now all the souls lined up in four rows.
v In the first row stood the souls of the prophets and messengers, on whom be peace; in
v the second row were placed the souls of the holy saints, the Friends of God;
v in the third row stood the souls of the believing men and women;
v in the fourth row stood the souls of the unbelievers. All these souls remained in the world of spirits in the presence of Allah Almighty until their time had come to be sent into the material world.

No one but Allah Almighty knows how much time elapsed from the time of the creation of the Prophet Muhammad’s [s] blessed soul to his descent from the spiritual world into his physical form.

It is narrated that the Holy Prophet Muhammad [s] asked the angel Jibra'il [as],
v “How long is it since you were created?”
v The angel answered, “Oh Rasulullah, I don’t know the number of years,
v all I know is that every seventy thousand years a tremendous light shines forth from behind the Canopy of the Divine Throne;
v since the time of my creation this light has appeared twelve thousand times.”
v “Do you know what this Light is?” asked Sayedena Muhammad [s].
v “No, I don’t know,” said the angel. “It is the light of my soul in the world of the spirit,” replied the Holy Prophet r. Consider then, how immense a number it must be if 70,000 is multiplied by 12,000 !
Muhammad (S): The Last Prophet The Messenger of Islam



BENEFITS OF SALAAT & SALAAM

*It has come in the hadeeth shareef that when people gather in any gathering and they do not remember Allah Ta’ala nor is durood and salaam sent on His Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam),on the Day of Qiyamat their gatherings will be a means of regret even though they have entered jannat, due to being deprived of the reward of the remembrance of Allah and durood and salaam.

*It has been reported in the hadeeth shareef that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Send durood and salaam upon me in abundance on Friday because your durood and salaam is presented before me (especially on the day of Friday).”

*It has been narrated in another hadeeth that whoever sends durood on me on Friday his durood is (especially) and most certainly presented before me.

*It has come in another hadeeth: “Whoever sends salaam to me (especially in a standing position at my Rowdha my soul is returned to me (i.e. I turn my attention to him) until I give the answer to his salaam).”

*In yet another hadeeth it has come that Huzoor Aqdas Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “On the Day of Qiyamat the person most nearest to me will be the person who conferred most Durood upon me.”

*It has come in another hadeeth that Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “A miser is he, before whom my name is mentioned and he does not send durood upon me.”

*It has come in another hadeeth that Huzoor (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said: “You should send durood upon me abundantly because this durood is a means of purifying your own self.”

*It has come in another hadeeth that Huzoor Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “May that person be disgraced before whom my mention is made and he does not send durood upon me.”

*In one other hadeeth it has come that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has said: “Before whomever my name is mentioned he should send durood upon me because that person who sends durood upon me once, Allah Ta’ala will send ten mercies upon him.”
*In another hadeeth Huzoor Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has said: “Whoever mentions me should send durood upon me.”

In yet another hadeeth Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has explained the means of how the durood reaches him, that, verily, there are some angels ordered by Allah who roam around the assemblies and gatherings of the earth and around the Muslims, to present the durood of my ummat before me.

*In another hadeeth Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Once I met Jibraeel Alayhis Salaam and he gave me glad tidings by saying:’Your Lord says: Whoever sends durood upon you I will descend upon him My Special Mercy And whoever sends salaam upon you, then I will descend upon him My Special Peace. On this I performed a Sajda-e-Shukr (ie. prostration of gratitude) in the Court of Allah`.

*In another hadeeth it has been reported that Hazrat Ubay bin Kaab Radiallahu anhu came in the service of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and said:
“O Rasulullah! I have devoted (made wakf) all my time of zikr and du’aa in sending durood upon you.’ Huzoor Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Then all your dificulties will be solved, your needs will be fulfilled and your sins will be forgiven… (until the end of the hadeeth)

*It has come in another hadeeth that whoever sends durood upon me once Allah Ta’ala will send ten mercies upon him.

*In yet another hadeeth shareef it has been narrated that one day Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam came;and on the blessed face of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam the signs of happiness and joy were visible. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Just now Jibraeel Alayhis Salaam came to me and said that your Lord has said: O Mohammad! Will you not be happy with this good news that from your ummat whoever will send durood upon you once I will send ten mercies upon him and from your ummat whoever sends salaam upon you once I will send peace upon him ten times.’

*It has come in another hadeeth shareef that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘Whoever sends durood upon me once Allah Taala sends ten mercies upon him, ten of his sins are forgiven, in jannat ten of his stages are raised and ten rewards are written for him.’

*It has come in another hadeeth shareef that the person who sends durood upon Nabi Akram Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam once, Allah and His Angels sends seventy mercies upon him.

* Hazrat Anas Radiallahu anhu says:’That every du’aa is prevented from reaching the Court of Allah until the person making du’aa sends durood upon Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and upon the family of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam (then it reaches the Court of Allah and is accepted).



Reciting Durood-e-Pak on Juma-tul-Mubarak.

The Most important and the most blessed day of the week is friday i.e Juma-tul-Mubarak. And the most importand thing to do on this day is reciting Durood Sharif on this day. Here are some Hadith regarding this day and its blessings.

Hadith 1

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "Increase your reading of the Durood Shareef during the nights and days of Jummah. Certainly Durood Shareef is presented to me". (Jaami'us Sagheer)

Hadith 2

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "Increase your reading of the Durood Shareef during the day of Jummah for this is a Day of Witnessing. It is on this day that the Angels present themselves. Whenever any of you read the Durood Shareef, the Durood Shareef is presented to me even before the gathering closes". (Jaami'us Sagheer)

Hadith 3

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "Increase your reading of the Durood Shareef during Jummah for your Durood Shareef is presented to me on Friday. He who increases the reading of the Durood Shareef achieves closeness to me". (Jaami'us Sagheer)

Hadith 4

Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "Increase your recital of the Durood Shareef on the days and nights of Jummah. I will be a witness and intercessor on the Day of Qiyamah for that person who does so". (Jaami'us Sagheer)

Hadith 5

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "When Thursday arrives, Almighty Allah sends the Angels who possess tablets of silver and pens of gold. They record (upon the tablets, the names of those) who read the Durood Shareef on the nights of Thursday and Friday". (Sadaatud Daarain)

Hadith 6

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "When the night of Jummah arrives, increase your recital of the Durood Shareef". (Sadaatud Daarain)

Hadith 7

Sayyiduna Ali (radi Allahu anhu) narrates that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "For that person who reads a hundred Durood Shareefs on Jummah, then on the Day of Qiyamah, he will be accompanied by a Noor, whose intensity is so brilliant if it had to be distributed among the creation, it would serve all". (Dalaa'ilul Khayraat)

Hadith 8

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "On the Day of Qiyamah, that person will be closest to me who used to read Durood Shareef in abundance. The person who reads the Durood Shareef on Fridays, Almighty Allah fulfils a hundred needs of his, seventy needs of the Hereafter and thirty of this world. Almighty Allah also commands an Angel to present the Durood Shareef to me as you would receive a present. This Durood Shareef is then preserved in a white record". (Sadaatud Daarain)

Hadith 9

Sayyiduna Ali (radi Allahu anhu) has reported that, "There are certain Angels who only descend on the world on the days and nights of Jummah. They possess pens of gold, containers of silver and pages of Noor, they record the names of those who read the Durood Shareef". (Sadaatud Daarain)

Hadith 10

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "Among the days, the most excellent is the Day of Jummah. It is on this day that Nabi Adam (alaihis salaam) was created and it is on this day that he passed away. It is on this day that Qiyamah will occur and it is on this day that mankind will be overtaken by unconsciousness. Therefore, on this day, increase your reading of the Durood Shareef for your Durood Shareef is presented to Him".When the Sahaba inquired as to how this was possible when the body of person is supposed to be eaten by the earth after death, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) replied, "Verily Almighty Allah has made it Haraam upon the earth to devour the bodies of the Ambiya". (Sadaatud Daarain)

Hadith 11

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) narrates that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "Whosoever performs the Salaatul Asar on Jummah, remains at the same placewithout moving, and recites the following Durood eighty times, 'Allahumma salli ala Sayyiduna Muhammaddin Nabiyyil Ummi wa ala ahlihi wa sallam,' eighty years of his sins are forgiven and on his record of deeds, he will receive reward (Thawaab) equivalent to eighty years of Salaah."



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