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DUROOD UPON RASULULLAH

(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

 Being bestowed with the mantle of prophethood was a sublime honour of every apostle of Allah Ta'ala. However the honour granted to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) supersedes the honour granted to any other prophet. This is apparent from many aayaat of the Holy Qur'an. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was promised a vast and extensive honour of recognition and remembrance in the following verse: "O Muhammad, we will raise for you your remembrance."            

      Furthermore in a Hadith-e-Qudsi, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is promised to be remembered whenever Allah is remembered. Allah Ta'ala says: "O Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), whenever I will be remembered you too will be remembered." The fulfilment of this promise is explicit in many aspects of the Shariah and global means and avenues have been chosen for it.

The azaan, salaah and the Holy Qur'an are some of the globally recognised salient features of Islam which are revered and honoured in the heart of every Muslim. The azaan constitutes a loud and bold proclamation of the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). "I bear witness that Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is the messenger of Allah" is called out five times a day in every comer of the globe and is heard by Muslims and non-Muslims as well. The rotation of day and night around the world constitutes at least one salaah time in some part of the world, wherein reciting durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is an obligation. Hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is a recipient of durood throughout the day from some comer of the world. The Qur'an, the words of Allah repeatedly bear the words of praises and honour for the sublime personality of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and will be preserved till the day of Qiyamah. Hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) will be the bearer of praises and honour in the words of Allah till the day of Qiyamah.

The greatness of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is also clearly understood by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) being a recipient of durood from Allah Ta'ala Himself as well as from the noble angels, as mentioned in the verse: "Verily Allah and His angels send durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi, wasallam)." Allama Sakhawi states that "durood sent by Allah Ta'ala and His angels is not confined and restricted to time and quantity. Rather it is a continuous practice. Hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is and will continuously be a recipient of durood from Allah Ta'ala."

      One durood of Allah Ta'ala or an angel is sufficient to encompass the entire world with blessing and mercies.

Imagine Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) being a sole bearer on infinite blessing and mercies. What a great personality!

 

 PRACTICE OF ALLAH TA'ALA

The believers are also instructed to follow the practice of Allah Ta'ala by sending durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). The instruction of durood is the only law ordained by Allah Ta'ala and also carried out by Himself The supremacy of sending durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is self evident by Allah Ta'ala himself sending durood. The reciter of durood is also honoured because of his practice conforming with the practice of Allah Ta'ala.

      Apart from many opinions with regards to the meaning of durood, according to the great scholar Abul Aaliya the durood that is attributed to Allah Ta'ala means that Allah Ta'ala praises Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Durood attributed to the angels and Believers means that they request Allah Ta'ala to increase His blessings upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

 

VIRTUES OF DUROOD

The books of Ahadith are replete with the virtues of sending durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). The following are some of the numerous virtues.

 l. It is narrated on the authority of Hazrath Anas (radhiallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: "Whosoever sends one durood upon me Allah Ta'ala will reward him by sending ten durood upon the reciter, forgive ten of his sins and elevate his status ten times" (Ahmad).

 2. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: Whosoever sends one durood upon me, Allah Ta'ala appoints an angel to send durood upon the reciter till the day of Qiyamah" (Targheeb).

 3. It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas'ood (radhiallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: "The people nearest to me on the day of Qiyamah will be those who abundantly send durood upon me" (Tirmidhi).

 4. It is reported on the authority of Hazrath Abu Darda radhiallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: "Whosoever sends durood upon me ten times in the morning and evening will receive my intercession on the day of Qiyamah" (Tabrani).

 Every Believers ultimate wish and desire is to attain eternal success which, according the abovementioned Ahadith, can be achieved by sending durood excessively upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

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