On the prayer on the Messenger of Allah

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

243. Chapter: On the prayer on the Messenger of Allah

Allah Almighty says, "Allah and His angels call down blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! call down blessings on him and ask for complete peace and safety for him." (33:56)

1397. 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As reported the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, says, "Anyone who says a prayer on me, Allah will pray on him ten times on account of it." [Muslim]

1398. Ibn Mas'ud stated that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The nearest of people to me on the Day of Rising will be the one who blesses me the most." [at-Tirmidhi]

1399. Aws ibn Aws reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The best of your days is the Day of Jumu'a, so do a lot of prayers on me during it. Your prayer is shown to me." They said, "Messenger of Allah, how will our prayer be shown to you when you have become dust?" He said, "Allah has forbidden the earth (to consume) the bodies of the Prophets." [Abu Dawud]

1400. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "May humiliation be the lot any man who, when I am mentioned in his presence, does not pray for blessing on me." [at-Tirmidhi]

1401. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Do not make my grave a place of celebration. Pray over me. Your prayer reaches me wherever you are." [Abu Dawud]

1402. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "No one greets me without Allah returning my spirit to me so that I can return the greeting to him." [Abu Dawud]

1403. 'Ali reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "A miser is someone who, when I am mentioned in his presence, does not pray for blessing on me." [at-Tirmidhi]

1404. Fadala ibn 'Ubayd said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, heard a man making supplication in his prayer without glorifying Allah Almighty or praying for blessing on the Prophet. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'This one was in a hurry.' Then he called him and said to him - or to someone else - "When one of you prays, he should begin by glorifying his Lord, glory be to Him! and praising Him, and then pray for blessing on the Prophet. Then he should ask for anything else he wants afterwards.'" [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

1405. Abu Muhammad Ka'b ibn 'Ujra said, "The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came out to us and we said, 'Messenger of Allah, we know how to greet you, but how should we bless you?' He said, 'Say, "O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You blessed the family of Ibrahim. You are Praiseworthy, Glorious. O Allah, grant blessing to Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You granted blessing to the family of Ibrahim. You are Praiseworthy, Glorious."'" [Agreed upon]

1406. Abu Mas'ud al-Badri said, "Once the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came to us while we were in the assembly of Sa'd ibn 'Ubada. Bashir ibn Sa'd said to him, 'Allah Almighty has commanded us to bless you, Messenger of Allah. How shall we bless you?' The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was silent until we wished that he had not asked him. Then the Messenger of Allah said, 'Say, 'O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You blessed the family of Ibrahim. Grant blessing to Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You granted blessing to the family of Ibrahim. You are the Praiseworthy, the Glorious,' and the greeting is the way you have been taught.'" [Muslim]

1407. Abu Humayd as-Sa'idi said, "They said, 'O Messenger of Allah, how should we bless you?' He said, 'Say, "O Allah, bless Muhammad and his wives and descendants as You blessed Ibrahim. Grant blessing to Muhammad and his wives and descendants as You granted blessing to Ibrahim. You are Praiseworthy, Glorious."'" [Agreed upon]