“Peace and Blessings be Upon Him”
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“Indeed Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation.” (Al Ahzab:65)
6a. What does Salah and Salam upon Him mean?
Imam Bukhari narrates from abul Aliyah that Salah upon the Prophet means to ask Allah to praise the Prophet in the presence of the angels, the higher ranked ones in particular. This was the opinion of Ibn Al Qayyim and Shaykh ibn al Uthaymeen. There was another group of scholars who said it means to send mercy and blessings upon him. However, linguistic and textual evidences seem to strengthen the first opinion.
6b. What is the ruling on sending Salah and Salam upon Him?
It is only compulsory to send Salah and Salam upon the Prophet in the last tashahhud of prayer. In the following scenarios, it is considered virtuous and recommended:
- When His name is mentioned. It is highly recommended.
- After the Adhan.
- In the first tashahhud.
- In Du’a.
- In Janazah.
- In the friday khutbah.
- Entering and leaving the masjid.
- The day of Jumu’ah.
- When teaching and conveying the knowledge.
- At the time of Nikah.
6c. What are some of the virtues of Sending Salah and Salam?
- Fulfillment of the command of Allah.
- Doing an action that Allah and the angels do.
- Receive ten Salah from Allah.
- Ten sins are forgiven.
- A cause of du’a being answered.
- A cause of attaining the Prophet’s intercession.
- The Prophet responds to you.
- Makes gathering virtuous.
- A way to increase our love for the Prophet.
- A means of attaining Allah’s Mercy.
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