Salutations upon the Prophet (s.a.w.) is Encouraged & Emphasised

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Some object to the Mawlid because according to them, it fosters the deification of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) due to the people over-exaggerating in praising him and invoking too many prayers upon him, and that this poses the danger of shirk.  However, the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) is known to have encouraged frequent invocations of blessing, swalawat, upon him, as is established in the following hadits:

Ubay ibn Ka’b (r.a.) said, “O Messenger of Allah, I make much swalawat upon you as a personal habit.  How much of my daily devotions should I devote to you?”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) answered, “As much as you like.”

Ubay (r.a.) asked, “A quarter?”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) answered, “As you like, but if you add to that, it will be better for you.”

Ubay (r.a.) then mentioned a third, then a half, then two thirds, and always the Prophet (s.a.w.) answered, “As you like, but if you add to that, it will be better for you.”

Finally, Ubay (r.a.) said, “O Messenger of Allah, I want to devote my entire prayer to you.”

Whereupon the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Then you will be Freed from care and your sins will be Forgiven.”  Another version has: “Then Allah will Suffice you in the matter of your worldly life and your hereafter.”  This was recorded by Imam at-Tirmidzi (r.a.); Imam Hakim (r.a.), in his Swahih; Imam Ahmad (r.a.); Imam ath-Thabarani (r.a.), in his Mu’jam al-Kabir, through Imam al-Haytsami (r.a.), and Imam al-Mundziri (r.a.); Imam ‘Abd ar-Razzaq (r.a.); Imam ibn Abi Shaybah (r.a.); Imam Diya’ al-Maqdisi (r.a.), in his Mukhtarah; Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.), in his Shu’ab al-Iman; Imam al-Bazzar (r.a.), in Zawa’id; Imam ar-Ruyani (r.a.); Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Humayd (r.a.); Imam ibn Shahin (r.a.); Qadhi Isma’il (r.a.), in his Fadhl asw-Swalah; and others.  They all recorded this hadits as swahih.


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