Quora Answer: Do Sunni Muslims Believe in Swalawat?

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following was my answer on Quora: Do Sunni Muslims Believe in Swalawat?

Question: Do Sunnis believe in the Swalawat Ibrahimiyyah?  To them, what does it exactly mean?  I am asking this question after reading the answers on the following question: Is there scriptural evidence regarding the rightful heir to the Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.)?  If yes, why the split between Sunni and Shi’ah?  If no, why were succession plans not made?  I am really wanting to know if they give any importance to this.  Do they even believe it to be something true?

Answer: The Swalawat al-Ibrahimiyyah was the initial swalawat taught by the Prophet (s.a.w.) to the ummah.  It is recited in every swalah, in the tahiyyat.  In the zhahir, the Prophet (s.a.w.) taught us that Allah (s.w.t.) Blessed him and his family just as He Blessed Ibrahim (a.s.) and his family.  The swalawat is special since it is proof that Allah (s.w.t.) Answered the du’a of Ibrahim (a.s.) and Isma’il (a.s.) as Mentioned in the Qur’an here:

And remember Abraham and Isma’il raised the foundations of the House (with this prayer): “Our Lord!  Accept (this service) from us; for thou art the All-Hearing the All-Knowing.  Our Lord!  Make of us muslimin bowing to Thy (Will) and of our progeny a people muslim, bowing to Thy (Will) and show us our places for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning Most-Merciful.  Our Lord!  Send amongst them a Messenger of their own who shall rehearse Thy Signs to them and instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, and purify them; for Thou art the Exalted in Might the Wise.” (Surah al-Baqarah:127-129)

And in that, Allah (s.w.t.) Sent the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), his descendent, to preach to his descendants, the Quraysh.  And it was by this du’a that the Ka’bah was Sanctified and Made a place of pilgrimage again.

But the reason why we mention Swalawat Ibrahimiyyah in every swalah is because of this du’a:

“Grant me honourable mention on the tongue of truth among the latest (generations).” (Surah ash-Shu’ara:84)

Allah (s.w.t.) Honoured us by Making us the means by which He Blessed Ibrahim (a.s.) and his progeny.  And in that, due to Divine Generosity, we Bless ourselves since we are the ummah of Muhammad (s.a.w.) and the keepers of the sunnah of Ibrahim (a.s.), the hajj.  And that is why we say, “O Allah, Send Blessings upon Muhammad and the people of Muhammad, just as you have Sent Blessings upon Ibrahim and the people of Ibrahim.”  That Blessing Sent to Ibrahim (a.s.) and his people, all of us, is the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) himself.


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