The Barakah of One Swalawat

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As recorded in al-Qawl al-Badi’ of Imam Shams ad-Din as-Sakhawi (r.a.), a woman came to Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) and said, “My daughter passed away and now I wish to see her in my dream.”

Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) told her, “Offer four rak’ah nafl after ‘isha’, and in each raka’at recite Surah at-Takatsur.  Then, go to sleep while reciting swalawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w.) until you fall asleep.”

The woman did so and narrated the dream to Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) the next day.  She said, “I saw her in a bad state.  She was wearing dirty robes.  Her hands were tied and there were chains of fire around her feet.”

Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) asked her to give swadaqah, and hope that her daughter’s affliction gets lessened.

The following night, Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) himself saw a dream wherein he was in Jannah, and there was a beautiful young girl on a throne dressed in magnificent clothes.  She told him that she was the daughter of the woman who had visited him.

Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) told her, “But your mother told me that she saw you in a bad state.”

The girl said, “Indeed, what she said was true.  We were 70,000 souls who were afflicted with the torture of the grave until a pious person passed by us.  He recited swalawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w.), and dedicated its Rewards to us.  And Allah (s.w.t.) Accepted it in such a manner that we were freed from our tribulations and what you see now is due to the barakah of that swalawat.”


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