Durood sharif

Durood Sharif is an invocation we make to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) to bestow His choicest favors and blessings on the Prophet (Peace be upon him). It is a kind of prayer. The truth is that, after Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa), the greatest obligation on us is that of the sacred Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) be upon whom). He underwent tremendous hardship and endured the bitterest of persecutions in order to convey the divine guidance to us had he not borne these trials and sufferings the light of faith would never have reached us. We would be dwelling in the gloom of apostasy and making our home in hell after death.

Since faith is the greatest blessing on the earth and we have attained it solely through the merciful agency of the Prophet (Peace be upon him), our greatest benefactor, next to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa), is Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him). There is nothing we can do to pay back the enormous debt of gratitude we owe him. We can only pray for him to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) as a token of our loyalty and gratefulness.

But what prayer can we make that may be worthy of the Prophet (Peace be upon him)?

Naturally, none besides that Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) may magnify him and bless him with His choicest favors. This is just what Durood is.

The Quran clearly enjoins on us to offer the Durood, and in what a wonderful manner does it do so:

Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet (Peace be upon him): O Ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him and salute him with all respect.

In this verse we are first told that Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) Himself honors the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and holds him in strongest affection and that His Angels also do the same-they pay reverence to him and beseech Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) to bless him with His most marvelous favor. The verse then goes on to command us also, i.e., the believers to send blessings on him and salute him with all respect. Thus, before the command is given care is taken to explain to us that the thing we are being required to do is something which is particularly pleasing to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and which the angels also fondly do. After knowing it, what Muslim is there worth his name who will not make it a religious duty to offer the Durood?

Below we give a few Traditions of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) extolling the virtue and merit of Durood Sharif.

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

“He who will send blessings on me once Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) will confer ten favors on him.” (In another Tradition it has also been said that, “Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) will forgive his ten sins and raise him higher in rank by ten degrees)”.

“There are many angels of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) whose special duty is that they keep on moving in the world and whichever follower of mine sends blessings on me they carry it to me at once.”

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