Saturday, 7 January 2017

Salutations upon the Prophet (s.a.w.) is a Necessity for the Believer

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Both Anas (r.a.) and ‘Ali (k.w.) said that every supplication is veiled, mahjub, until the one making it sends swalawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w.).  This was recorded with tsiqah narrators from Imam al-Mundziri’s (r.a.) Targhib and Imam al-Haytsami’s (r.a.) Majma’ by Imam ath-Thabarani (r.a.) in his Mu’jam al-Awsath, Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.) in his Shu’ab al-Iman, Imam ad-Daylami (r.a.) is his Musnad al-Firdaws, Shaykh Abu ash-Shaykh (r.a.), and others.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) also said, “The person most deserving of me on the Day of Rising is the one who sends the most swalawat upon me.”  This was recorded by Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.) in his Tarikh al-Kabir, Imam at-Tirmidzi (r.a.) in his Kitab asw-Swalah, Imam al-Bazzar (r.a.) in his Musnad, Imam Abu Ya’la (r.a.), Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.) his Shu’ab al-Iman, Imam ath-Thabarani (r.a.) in his Mu’jam al-Kabir, and Imam ibn Hibban (r.a.).  Imam ibn ‘Adiyy (r.a.) recorded it in his Kamil from ibn Mas’ud (r.a.) as a hadits hasan, while Imam as-Suyuthi (q.s.) stated it is swahih in his Jami’ asw-Swaghir.  This is confirmed in Fath al-Bari.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) also said, “None of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his parents, children, and all of mankind,” and “Whoever loves something, mentions it frequently.”  The former hadits was recorded by Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.), Imam Muslim (r.a.), Imam Ahmad (r.a.), Imam an-Nasa’i (r.a.), Imam ibn Majah (r.a.), Imam ad-Darimi (r.a.), Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.) in his Shu’ab al-Iman, Imam ath-Thabarani (r.a.) in his Mu’jam al-Awsath, Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Humayd (r.a.) and others.  The latter hadits was recorded by Imam ibn ad-Daylami in his Musnad al-Firdaws.  However, it is classified as dha’if by Imam as-Suyuthi (q.s.) in his Jami’ asw-Swaghir.  It was also recorded by Imam ibn Abi Dunya (r.a.) and Imam Ahmad (r.a.) in their Kitab az-Zuhd, Imam ibn Shahin (r.a.) in his Targhib, Imam Abu Nu’aym (r.a.), and Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.) in his Shu’ab al-Iman with slight differences in wording.

This means that the true believers love the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) more than any other human, and that because of this love, they mention and invoke him frequently, each time sending swalawat upon him.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) also said, “No Muslim sends swalawat upon me without the angels sending swalawat upon him in return, as long as he sends swalawat upon me.  So, let him decrease or increase as he wishes.”  Those who complain of people reciting “too much” swalawat upon the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) should reflect upon these ahadits.  This hadits was recorded by Imam Ahmad (r.a.), Imam ibn Majah (r.a.), Hafizh Diya’ al-Maqdisi (r.a.), Imam ibn Abi Shaybah (r.a.), Imam ‘Abd ar-Razzaq (r.a.), Imam al-Baghawi (r.a.), Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.) in his Shu’ab, Imam Abu Nu’aym (r.a.), Imam ibn al-Mubarak (r.a.) in his Kitab az-Zuhd, Qadhi Isma’il (r.a.) in his Fadhl asw-Swalah, Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Humayd (r.a.) and Imam ibn Ja’d (r.a.) in their respective Musnad, and it is swahih according to Imam as-Suyuthi (q.s.) in his Jami’ as-Swaghir, and hasan according to Imam al-Mundziri (r.a.) in his Targhib.


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