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The Obligation of Swalawat

‎ بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was taken from ath-Thariq Ila Allah al-Munji fi Zaman ad-Dajjal wa al-Mahdi, and interpreted from the Arabic by Ustadz Muhammad ‘Abdullah at-Tijani al-Ibrahimi.
Imam an-Nawawi (r.a.) was once asked, in the masjid of Damascus, “Is the swalawat ‘ala an-Nabi greater in Reward or the obligatory swalah which has been repeatedly Mentioned by Allah?”
Imam an-Nawawi (r.a.) was silent for a moment and then replied, “The swalawat upon the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) is greater.”
So, the questioner said, “How can you say that!  Did not Allah Make the five daily prayers an obligation on His servants?  So how can He Exalt another Command over this one?”
So, Imam an-Nawawi (r.a.) answered, “Yes, He has Ordered the five daily prayers, and He also Made it an obligation to offer prayers of peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah (s.w.t.) in His Saying:

Allah, and His angels, Send Blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe!  Send ye blessings on …

The Prophet's (s.a.w.) Intercession during the Caliphate of 'Umar (r.a.)

‎ بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Malik ad-Dar (r.a.), the treasurer of ‘Umar (r.a.) related, “The people were gripped by famine during the tenure of ‘Umar.  Then a man walked up to the grave of Prophet (s.a.w.) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah!  Ask for rain from Allah for your ummah is in dire straits.’
Then he saw the Prophet (s.a.w.) in dream.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) said to him, ‘Go over to ‘Umar, give him my regards and tell him that the rain will come to you.  And tell ‘Umar that he should be on his toes, he should be on his toes.’
He went over to see ‘Umar and passed on to him the tidings.  On hearing this, ‘Umar broke down crying.  He said, ‘O Allah, I exert myself to the full until I am completely exhausted.’”
This hadits is found in al-Muswannaf ibn Abi Shaybah.  It is authenticated as swahih by Hafizh ibn Katsir (r.a.) in al-Bidayah wa an-Nihayah, Imam al-Qasthalani (r.a.) in al-Mawahib-al-Laduniyyah and Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.) in Fi Iqtidha’ asw-Swirath al-Mustaqim.  I…

Six Ayat ash-Shifa'

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following six ayat of the Qur’an are recited for healing, especially the healing of the soul.  You may simply recite it, or follow the example of the swahabah and read it over water and give that water to someone to drink.
…and Heal the breasts of Believers. (Surah at-Tawbah:14)
O mankind!  There hath Come unto you an Exhortation from your Lord, a Balm for that which is in the breasts, a Guidance and a Mercy for believers. (Surah Yunus:57)
…there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought. (Surah an-Nahl:69)
We Send down (stage by stage) in the Qur'an that which is a healing and a Mercy to those who believe: ... (Surah al-Isra’:82)
"And when I am ill, it is He Who Cures me;” (Surah ash-Shu’ara:80)
…Say: "It is a Guide and a Healing to those who believe…" (Surah Fuswswilat:44)