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An-Nawawi on Supplications for Prophet Muhammad

January 22, 2013

Riyad us Saliheen Sincere Counsel

By Abu Amina Elias for FaithinAllah.org

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

An-Nawawi recorded in his book Riyad us Saliheen:

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ وَاحِدَةً صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ عَشْرًا

Whoever blesses me once will be blessed by Allah ten times.

Source: Sahih Muslim 408, Grade: Sahih 

Ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

أَوْلَى النَّاسِ بِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَكْثَرُهُمْ عَلَيَّ صَلَاةً

The closest of the people to me on the Day of Resurrection are those who most often invoked blessings upon me.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 484, Grade: Hasan

Aws ibn Aws reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِنَّ مِنْ أَفْضَلِ أَيَّامِكُمْ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ فِيهِ خُلِقَ آدَمُ وَفِيهِ قُبِضَ وَفِيهِ النَّفْخَةُ وَفِيهِ الصَّعْقَةُ فَأَكْثِرُوا عَلَيَّ مِنْ الصَّلَاةِ فِيهِ فَإِنَّ صَلَاتَكُمْ مَعْرُوضَةٌ عَلَيَّ

Verily, the most virtuous of your days is Friday; on it Adam was created, on it he died, on it the trumpet will be blown and the shout will be made, so increase your supplications for me for indeed your supplications are presented to me.

They said, “O Messenger of Allah, how will our supplications reach you once you have decayed?” He said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ حَرَّمَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ أَجْسَادَ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ

Verily, Allah the Exalted has forbidden the bodies of the prophets from decaying.

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 1047, Grade: Sahih

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

رَغِمَ أَنْفُ رَجُلٍ ذُكِرْتُ عِنْدَهُ فَلَمْ يُصَلِّ عَلَيَّ

May the face be dusted of a man in whose presence I am mentioned but he does not supplicate for me.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3545, Grade: Hasan

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

لاَ تَجْعَلُوا بُيُوتَكُمْ قُبُورًا وَلاَ تَجْعَلُوا قَبْرِي عِيدًا وَصَلُّوا عَلَىَّ فَإِنَّ صَلاَتَكُمْ تَبْلُغُنِي حَيْثُ كُنْتُمْ

Do not make your homes into graves, and do not make my grave into a place of celebration. Send blessings upon me, for indeed, your blessings will reach me wherever you are.

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 2044, Grade: Hasan

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ يُسَلِّمُ عَلَيَّ إِلَّا رَدَّ اللَّهُ عَلَيَّ رُوحِي حَتَّى أَرُدَّ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامَ

There are none of you who send peace upon me except that Allah returns my spirit so that I can return his greeting of peace.

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 2041, Grade: Sahih

Ali ibn Abu Talib reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

الْبَخِيلُ مَنْ ذُكِرْتُ عِنْدَهُ ثُمَّ لَمْ يُصَلِّ عَلَيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

The miser is the one in whose presence I am mentioned and he does not supplicate on my behalf.

Source: Musnad Ahmad 1738, Grade: Sahih

Fadalah ibn Ubaid reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, heard a man supplicating in his prayer but he did not find him glorifying Allah the Exalted or invoking blessings upon the Prophet. The Messenger of Allah said:

عَجِلَ هَذَا

This man has rushed.

Then the Prophet called him over and he said to him:

إِذَا صَلَّى أَحَدُكُمْ فَلْيَبْدَأْ بِتَمْجِيدِ رَبِّهِ جَلَّ وَعَزَّ وَالثَّنَاءِ عَلَيْهِ ثُمَّ يُصَلِّي عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ يَدْعُو بَعْدُ بِمَا شَاءَ

When one of you prays, let him begin by glorifying his Lord the Almighty with praises and then with supplications for the Prophet, and then you may supplicate for whatever you wish.

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 1481, Grade: Sahih

Ibn Abu Layla reported: Ka’b ibn Ujra met me and he said: Shall I not offer you guidance? The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, entered upon us and we said, “We know how to invoke peace upon you, but how do we invoke blessings upon you?” He said:

قُولُوا اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ

Say: O Allah, sanctify Muhammad and the family of Muhammad just as you have sanctified Abraham and the family of Abraham. Verily, You are praiseworthy and glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad just as you have blessed Abraham and the family of Abraham. Verily, You are praiseworthy and glorious.

Source: Sahih Muslim 406, Grade: Sahih 

Abu Mas’ud Al-Ansari reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, came to us whole we were in the company of Sa’d ibn Ubadah. Bashir ibn Sa’d said to him, “Allah has commanded us to supplicate for you, O Messenger of Allah, but how should we supplicate for you?” The Messenger of Allah remained silent until we wished he had not asked him. He said:

قُولُوا اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ فِي الْعَالَمِينَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ

Say: O Allah, sanctify Muhammad and the family of Muhammad just as you have sanctified Abraham and the family of Abraham. Verily, You are praiseworthy and glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad just as you have blessed Abraham and the family of Abraham. Verily, You are praiseworthy and glorious.

Source: Sahih Muslim 405, Grade: Sahih

Abu Hamaid As-Sa’idi reported: The companions said, “O Messenger of Allah, how should we supplicate for you?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

قُولُوا اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ

Say: O Allah, sanctify Muhammad and his wives and his children just as you have sanctified the family of Abraham. O Allah, bless Muhammad and his wives and his children just as You have blessed the family of Abraham. Indeed, You are the glorious and majestic.

Source: Sahih Muslim 407, Grade: Sahih

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