Forty Ahadith on the Benefits of Sending Blessings on the Prophet (s)

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Hadith 1

عن أبي طلحة الانصاري رضي الله عنه قال: أصبح رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يوما طيب النفس، يرى في وجهه البشر، قالوا: يا رسول الله أصبحت اليوم طيبا يرى في وجهك البشرقال  أتاني الملك فقال: يا محمد أما يرضيك ان ربك يقول: انه لا يصلي عليك أحد من أمتك إلا صليت عليه عشرا، ولا يسلم عليك أحد من أمتك إلا سلمت عليه عشرا، قال: بلى”.

Abī Talhah al-Ansārī said:

The Messenger of Allāh arose one morning in a very pleasant mood with signs of good tidings apparent on his face. They said, “O Prophet of Allāh , you are in a very pleasant mood with signs of good tidings showing on your face.” He said, “Lo, the angel (Jibrīl) came to me, and said, ‘Are you not pleased, O Muhammad, that your Lord says:

No one of your nation invokes blessings on you except that I will bless him tenfold and no one from your nation asks Allāh to grant you peace except that I will grant him peace tenfold.

The Prophet responded, ‘Yes, indeed.'”

[narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah, Ahmad, ‘Abd bin Hamīd and at-Tirmidhi.  Cited with slightly different wording in Imam Abu Sulayman al-Jazuli’s Dala’il al-Khayrat  – The Index of Good Things]

Hadith 2

حدثنا ‏ ‏يحيى بن أيوب ‏ ‏وقتيبة ‏ ‏وابن حجر ‏ ‏قالوا حدثنا ‏ ‏إسمعيل وهو ابن جعفر ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏العلاء ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏أبيه ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏أبي هريرة ‏أن رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏قال ‏ ‏من صلى علي واحدة صلى الله عليه عشرا ‏

Abu Hurayrah reported Allāh’s Messenger as saying:

If anyone invokes a blessing on me once, God will grant him ten blessings.

[al-Bukharī and Muslim (from two narrators) narrated it from Abū Hurayrah. Also from Aħmad in his Musnad, Abu Dawūd in his Sunan, at-Tirmidhī and an-Nasā’i all from Abū Hurayrah. Another extended version to this narrated from Anas from again al-Bukhārī in his Adab, Ahmad in his Musnad Nasa’i and al-Hākim in his Mustadrak, which added: “..and ten faults will fall from him and Allāh will raise him ten levels.” Al-Hāfiz as-Suyūtī graded both hadīths authentic.]

Hadith 3

من صلى علي من أمتي كتبت له عشر حسنات ومحيت عنه عشر سيئات

The Prophet is reported to have said:

Whoever among my nation invokes blessings upon me, ten good deeds are written for him and ten sins are erased from him.

[Imām al-Ghazālī reported it in his Ihyā. Al-Haythamī reported it in his al-Zawā’id as did al-Bazzār and al-Hindī in his Kanz al-‘Ummāl with a slightly different wording.]

Hadith 4

دخلت المسجد ورسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – خارج من المسجد، فتبعته أمشي وراءه وهو لا يشعر، حتى دخل نخلا، فاستقبل القبلة، فسجد فأطال السجود، وأنا وراءه حتى ظننت أن الله قد توفاه، فأقبلت أمشي حتى جئته، فطأطأت رأسي أنظر في وجهه فرفع رأسه، فقال:  ا لك يا عبد الرحمن. فقلت: لما أطلت السجود يا رسول الله، خشيت أن يكون توفي نفسك، فجئت أنظر. فقال: (إني لما دخلت النخل، لقيت جبرئيل فقال: إني أبشرك أن الله يقول من سلم عليك سلمت عليه، ومن صلى عليك صليت عليه

‘Abd ar-Rahman b. ‘Auf  said: Allāh’s Messenger went out and entering among some palm trees prostrated himself so long that I was afraid Allāh had taken his soul. I went and looked, and he raised his head and said, “What is the matter with you?” I mentioned that to him, and he told me that Jibril had come and given him the good news that Allāh said, “If anyone invokes one blessing on you I will bless him, and if anyone greets you I will greet him.”

[Ahmad transmitted it from ‘Abd-Rahmān bin ‘Auf, al-Hākim in his Mustadrak with an authentic isnad, Ibn Najār. Again Aħmad and al-Haythamī in his Zawa’id recorded it with a different wording. All hadīths on this subject are authentic based on the criteria of the two Shaykhs, Imām al-Bukhārī and Muslim.]

Hadith 5

اخرج ابن جرير وابن المنذر وابن ابي حاتم وابن مردويه عن ابن عباس رضيالله عنهما ‏{‏يصلون‏}‏ يتبركون‏.‏

Al-‘Abbās said when Allāh says, “Send prayer (on the Prophet),” [33:56] it means to seek blessings.

[Ibn Jarīr, Ibn Mundhir, Ibn Abī Hātim reported it.]

واخرج عبد بن حميد وابن ابي حاتم عن ابي العالية رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ صلاةالله عليه‏:‏ ثناؤه عليه عند الملائكة، وصلاة الملائكة عليه‏:‏ الدعاء له‏.‏

Abū al-‘Alīyyah said:

Allāħ’s praising of him is His Tribute to him in the presence of the angels. And the praising of the angels is the supplication for him .

[‘Abd bin Humayd and Ibn Abī Hātim reported it.]

Hadith 6

واخرج ابن ابي حاتم وابو الشيخ في العظمة وابن مردويه عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما‏.‏ ان بني اسرائيل قالوا لموسى عليه السلام‏:‏ هل يصلي ربك‏؟‏ فناداه ربه‏”‏يا موسى ان سالوك هل يصلي ربك‏؟‏ فقل‏:‏ نعم‏.‏ انا اصلي وملائكتي على انبيائي ورسلي‏”‏ فانزل الله على نبيه صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏{‏ان اللهوملائكته يصلون على النبي‏.‏‏.‏‏.‏‏}‏ الاية‏.‏

 

Ibn ‘Abbās said:

The Children of Isrā’īl said to Mūsa, “Does your Lord praise (anyone)?” And His Lord called to him, “O Mūsa, did they ask you if your Lord praises? Say to them, ‘Yes, I and the angels send prayers on My Prophets and Messengers.'”

Then Allāh revealed: Without a doubt Allāħ and His angels send prayers on the Prophet.  [33:51]

[Reported by Ibn Abi Hātim (from Abū Hurayrah ), ‘Abd-Razzāq  and Abū ash-Shaykh in his ‘Azhamah, Ibn Mardawiya from Ibn ‘Abbās . ‘Abd-Razzāq also recorded it from al-Hasan .]

Hadith 7


واخرج سعيد بن منصور وعبد بن حميد وابن ابي حاتم وابن مردويه عن كعب بن عجرة رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ لما نزلت ‏{‏ان الله وملائكته يصلون على النبي يا ايها الذين امنوا صلوا عليه وسلموا تسليما‏}‏ قلنا‏:‏ يا رسول الله قد علمنا السلام عليك فكيف الصلاة عليك، قال ‏”‏قولوا‏:‏ اللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت على ابراهيم وعلى ال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد، وبارك على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما باركت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم، انك حميد مجيد‏”‏‏.‏

K‘ab ibn Ajrah said, “When Allāh revealed the verse, ‘Without a doubt Allāh and his Angels send prayers on the Prophet. O Ye who believe, send prayer to him and peace constantly’ [33:56] we said, ‘O Messenger of Allāh, we know how to send blessing on you, so how do we send prayer on you?’ He said:

Say, ‘O Allāh send prayers on the Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as You have sent prayers on Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic. And bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as You have blessed Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic.

[Reported by Sa‘īd bin Mansūr, ‘Abd bin Hamīd, Ibn Abi Hātim and Ibn Mardawiyah all from the narration of K‘ab bin ‘Ajwah]


واخرج عبد الرزاق وابن ابي شيبه واحمد وعبد بن حميد والبخاري ومسلم وابو داود والترمذي والنسائي وابن ماجه وابن مردويه عن كعب بن عجرة رضيالله عنه قال‏:‏ قال رجل يا رسول الله اما السلام عليك فقد علمناه فكيف الصلاة عليك‏؟‏ قال ‏”‏قل اللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت على ال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد، اللهم بارك على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما باركت على ال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد‏”‏‏.‏

Hadith 8

K‘ab bin ‘Ajrah said, “A man said, ‘O Messenger of Allāh, as far as giving peace onto you, we know of that. But how do we sent prayers on you?’ He said:

O Allāh send prayers on Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as You have send prayer on Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic.  O Allāh bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as You have blessed the Family of Ibrāhīm.

[‘Abd ar-Razzāq, Ibn Abi Shaybah, Ahmad ‘Abd-Hamīd, the Sihah Sittah from K‘ab bin ‘Ajwah.]


واخرج ابن جرير عن يونس بن خباب قال‏:‏ خطبنا بفارس فقال ‏{‏ان اللهوملائكته‏}‏ الاية‏.‏ قال‏:‏ انباني من سمع ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما يقول‏:‏ هكذا انزل فقالوا‏:‏ يا رسول الله قد علمنا السلام عليك فكيف الصلاة عليك‏؟‏ فقال‏”‏قولوا اللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت على ابراهيم وال ابرهيم، انك حميد مجيد، وارحم محمد وال محمد كما رحمت ال ابراهيم، انك حميد مجيد، وبارك على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما باركت على ابراهيم وعلى ال ابراهيم، انك حميد مجيد‏”‏‏.‏

Hadith 9

Yūnus bin Khabāb said, “We were giving the sermon in Persia and it was said, ‘Surely Allāh and His angels…‘ [33:56] Someone said, ‘Someone told me who heard Ibn ‘Abbas say, It (the verse, “Surely Allāh and His angels…” [33:56]) was revealed as such and they said, “O Messenger of Allāh, we know how to send blessing on you, so how do we send prayers on you?” He said:

Say: O Allāh send prayers on the Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as You have sent prayers on Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic. And bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as You have blessed Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic.

[Reported by Ibn Jarīr on the authority of Yūnus bin Khabāb.]


واخرج ابن جرير عن ابراهيم رضي الله عنه في قوله ‏{‏ان الله وملائكته‏.‏‏.‏‏}‏ قالوا‏:‏ يا رسول الله هذا السلام قد عرفناه فكيف الصلاة عليك‏؟‏ فقال‏:‏ ‏”‏قولوااللهم صل على محمد عبدك ورسولك واهل بيته كما صليت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد، وبارك على محمد وعلى ال بيته كما باركت على ال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد‏”‏‏.‏

Hadith 10

They said, “O Messenger of Allāh, we are aware about sending peace, so how do we send prayers on you?” He said: “Say, ‘O Allāh send prayers on the Muhammad Your servant and Messenger and on his household as You have sent prayers on Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic.'”

[Reported from Ibn Jarīr on the authority of Ibrāhīm about the verse, “Surely Allāh and His angels…” [33:56]]


واخرج ابن جرير عن عبد الرحمن بن ابي كثير بن ابي مسعود الانصاري رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ لما نزلت ‏{‏ان الله وملائكته يصلون على النبي‏.‏‏.‏‏.‏‏}‏ قالوا‏:‏ يا رسول الله هذا السلام عليك قد عرفناه فكيف الصلاة عليك‏؟‏ وقد غفر لك ما تقدم من ذنبك وما تاخر قال ‏”‏قولوا اللهم صل على محمد كما صليت على ابراهيم، اللهم بارك على محمد كما باركت على ال ابراهيم‏”‏‏.‏

Hadith 11

Ibn Mas‘ūd al-Ansārī said, “When it was revealed, ‘Indeed Allāh and his Angels sends prayers on the Prophet…’ they said, ‘O Messenger of Allāh, if this means sending peace on you, we already know of this. But how are we to send prayers on you for you are already forgiven from what has elapsed from your former sins and from what is to come?’ He said: “Say: ‘O Allāh send prayers on Muhammad just as You have sent prayers on Ibrāhīm. O Allāh bless Muhammad just as You have blessed the Family of Ibrāhīm.'”

[Record by Ibn Jarīr on the authority of Ibn Masūd.]


واخرج عبد الرزاق من طريق ابي بكر بن محمد بن عمرو بن حزم عن رجلمن اصحاب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يقول‏:‏ اللهم على محمد وعلى اهل بيته وعلى ازواجه وذريته، كما صليت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد، وبارك على محمد وعلى اهل بيته وازواجه وذريته، كما باركت على ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد‏.‏

Hadith 12

A man from the Companions of the Prophet was reported to have said, “O Allāh (send prayers) on Muhammad and on his household, his wives and progeny just as You have sent prayer on Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic. And bless Muhammad and his household, his wives and progeny just as You have blessed Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic.”

[Reported by ‘Abd-Razzāq by the way of Abī Bakr bin Muhammad in ‘Amr and Ibn Hazm.]


واخرج ابن جرير عن طلحة بن عبيد الله رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ اتى رجل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال‏:‏ سمعت الله يقول ‏{‏ان الله وملائكته يصلون على النبي‏}‏ فكيف الصلاة عليك‏؟‏ قال ‏”‏قل اللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت على ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد، وبارك على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما باركت على ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد‏”‏‏.‏

Hadith 13

Talhah ibn ‘Ubaydah said,  “A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘I heard Allāh says, “Indeed Allāh and his Angels sends prayers on the Prophet…” So how to send prayers on you?’ He said:

Say: O Allāh send prays on Muhammad and on the Family of Muhammad, just as You have sent prayers on Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic. And bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad, just as You have blessed Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic.

[Recorded by Ibn Jarīr from Talhah bin ‘Ubaydah.]


واخرج ابن ابي شيبه وعبد بن حميد والنسائي وابن ابي عاصم والهيثم بن كليب الشاشي وابن مردويه عن طلحة بن عبيد الله قال‏:‏ قلت يا رسول الله كيف الصلاة عليك‏؟‏ قال ‏”‏قل اللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت على ابراهيم وعلى ال ابراهيم، انك حميد مجيد‏”‏‏.‏

Hadith 14

Talhah ibn ‘Ubaydah said, “ I said. ‘O Messenger of Allāh, how do I give prayers to you?’ He said:

Say: O Allāh send prayers on Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just so you have sent prayers on Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely you are the Praised, the Majestic.

[Reported by Ibn Jarīr and Ibn Abī Shaybah, ‘Abd ibn Humayd, an-Nisā’ī, Ibn Abī ‘Asim, al-Haytham ibn Kulaybash-Shāshī and ibn Mardawayh from Talhah ibn ‘Ubaydah.]


واخرج ابن جرير عن كعب بن عجرة رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ لما نزلت ‏{‏ان اللهوملائكته يصلون على النبي‏.‏‏.‏‏.‏‏}‏‏.‏ قمت اليه فقلت‏:‏ السلام عليك قد عرفناه فكيف الصلاة عليك يا رسول الله‏؟‏ قال ‏”‏قل اللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد،وبارك على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما باركت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد‏”‏‏.‏

Hadith 15

K‘ab bin ‘Ajwah said, “When it was revealed, ‘Without a doubt Allāh and His Angels sends prayers on the Prophet…’ I stood and said to him , ‘Peace be upon you. For we know how to do that, but how are we to send prayers upon you? He said: ‘Say:

O Allāh send prayers on Muhammad and on the Family of Muhammad, just as You have sent prayers on Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic. And bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad, just as You have blessed Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely You are the Praised, the Majestic.'”

[Ibn Jarīr reported it from K‘ab bin ‘Ajwah.]


واخرج عبد بن حميد والنسائي وابن مردويه عن ابي هريرة رضي الله عنه‏.‏ انهم سالوا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كيف نصلي عليك‏؟‏ قال ‏”‏قولوااللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، وبارك على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت وباركت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم في العالمين انك حميد مجيد‏.‏ والسلام كما قد علمتم‏”‏‏.‏

Hadith 16

It is related by Abū Hurayrah said, “They asked the Messenger of Allāh on how to send prayers on him. He said:

Say: O Allāh send prayers on Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad. And Bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as you sent prayers upon and blessed Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. In all the worlds surely you are the Praised, the Majestic. Then you may send greetings of peace in the way you know.

[‘Abd bin Humayd reported it.]

Hadith 17


واخرج ابن مردويه عن علي قال‏:‏ قلت يا رسول الله كيف نصلي عليك‏؟‏ قال ‏”‏قولوا اللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم انك حميد مجيد‏”‏‏.‏

‘Alī said, “I said O Messenger if Allāh, how do we pray on you?” He said:

Say: O Allāh send prayers on Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as you have sent prayers on Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm. Surely you are the Praised, the Majestic.

[ibn Mardawayh]

Hadith 18


واخرج البخاري في الادب عن انس ومالك بن اوس بن الحدثان‏.‏ ان النبي صلىالله عليه وسلم قال ‏”‏ان جبريل عليه السلام جاءني فقال‏:‏ من صلى عليك واحدةصلى الله عليه عشرا، ورفع له عشر درجات‏”‏‏.‏

It was reported by Mālik ibn Aws , “Surely the Prophet  said:

Jibrīl came to me and said, “He who gives prayers on you once, Allāh sends prayers on him ten times and raises him ten levels.”

[Imam al-Bukhārī relates it in his Adab with a chain up to Anas .]

Hadith 19


واخرج البخاري في الادب المفرد عن ابي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ‏”‏ايما رجل مسلم لم يكن عنده صدقة فليقل في دعائه، اللهم صل على محمد عبدك ورسولك، وصل على المؤمنين والمؤمنات، والمسلمين والمسلمات، فانها له زكاة‏”‏‏.‏

Abū Sa‘īd al-Khudrī related that the Prophet said:

If a man is without anything to give in charity (sadaqa) let him say in his supplication, ‘O Allāh send prayers on Muhammad, your servant and Messenger. And send prayers on the Believers and the Muslims.’ Then it will be for him poor-due (zakah).

[Al-Bukhārī related it in Al-adab al-mufrad.]

Hadith 20


واخرج البخاري في الادب المفرد عن ابي هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلىالله عليه وسلم قال ‏”‏من قال‏:‏ اللهم صل على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما صليت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم، وبارك على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما باركت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم، وترحم على محمد وعلى ال محمد، كما ترحمت على ابراهيم وال ابراهيم‏.‏ شهدت له يوم القيامة بالشهادة وشفعت له‏”‏‏.‏

Abū Hurayrah related that the Prophet said:

Whoever says, “O Allāh send prayers on Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad. And Bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as You sent prayers upon and blessed Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm and bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad just as You have blessed Ibrāhīm and the Family of Ibrāhīm,” it will bear witness for him on the Day of Judgment and will intercede for him.

[Al-Bukhārī narrated it.]

Hadith 21


واخرج الترمذي وحسنه وابن حبان عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه ان رسولالله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ‏”‏اولى الناس بي يوم القيامة اكثرهم علي صلاة‏”‏‏.‏واخرج احمد والترمذي وحسنه وابن حبان

Ibn Mas‘ūd said that the Messenger of Allāh said :

The closest to me on the Day of Judgment are those who pray upon me more.

[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhī and Ibn Hibbān said it had a good chain (hasan).]

Hadith 22

إن الله أعطى ملكا من الملائكة أسماع الخلق فهو قائم على قبري إلى يوم القيامة لا يصلي علي أحد صلاة إلا سماه باسمه واسم أبيه وقال: يا محمد صلى عليك فلان بن فلان،  وقد ضمن لي ربي تبارك وتعالى أنه أرد عليه بكل صلاة عشرا. (ابن النجار عن عمار بن ياسر).‏ ‏كنز العمال الإصدار 1.43

The Prophet said:

Verily Allāh has an angel standing at my grave until the Day of Judgment. There are none who sends prayers upon me except the angel names him and his father and he says, “O Muhammad, send prayers on so-and-so the son of so-and-so.” For my Lord hath commissioned me to return every prayer sent upon me tenfold.

[Reported in al-Muttaqi al-Hindi’s Kanz al-‘Ummāl by ‘Ammār in Yāsīr.]

Hadith 23


“وإني سألت ربي أن لا يصلي علي عبد صلاة إلا صلى الله عليه عشر أمثالها”.‏ ‏مجمع الزوائد. الإصدار 2.05

The Prophet said:

I asked my Lord that no servant sends prayers upon me except that Allāh send ten prayers on him ten like his.

[Reported in Hindi’s Kanz al-‘Ummāl.]

Hadith 24


حدثنا عبد الله حدثني أبي حدثنا وكيع عن شعبة عن عاصم بن عبيد الله عن عبد الله بن عامر بن ربيعة عن أبيه قال

-قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما صلى علي أحد صلاة إلا صلت عليه الملائكة مادام يصلي علي فليقل عند من ذلك أو ليكثر.‏

‘Abd-Allāh bin ‘Amir bin Rabī‘ah related from his father that the Messenger of Allāh said:

One does not send prayers on me except that the Angels send prayers on him as long as he is sending prayers on me. So you may do as much as you like.

[Imām Ahmad reported it in his Musnad.]

Hadith 25


حسب امرئ من البخل إذا ذكرت عنده أن لا يصلي علي.

It is reported from Jābir that the Prophet said:

Sufficient for one to be considered a miser is that when I am mentioned in his presence he does not send prayers on me.

[reported in Kanz al-‘Ummāl]

Hadith 26

‏Al-Imām al-Qurtubī in his tafsīr of the verse:


إن الله وملائكته يصلون على النبي يا أيها الذين آمنوا صلوا عليه وسلموا تسليما

“Verily, Allah and His angels bless the Prophet. O you who believe, ask (Allah) to bless him and grant him abundant peace.” (33:56)

reported from ‘Umar bin al-Khattāb that the Prophet said:


من صلى علي وسلم علي في كتاب لم تزل الملائكة يصلون عليه ما دام اسمي في ذلك الكتاب

He who sends prayers and peace on me in a book, the angels never cease in sending prayers upon him as long as my name is in that book

[Imām al-Qurtubī in his tafsīr, Jāmī’.]

Hadith 27


‏”من صلى علي في يوم الجمعة ثمانين مرة غفر الله له ذنوب ثمانين سنة…”

Abū Hurayrah reported the Prophet said:

He who send prayers upon me on Friday eighty times, Allāh will forgive eighty years of sin.

[Ibn Nu‘mān graded it hasan (good)]


الصلاة عليَّ نور على الصراط ومن صلى عليَّ يوم الجمعة ثمانين مرة غفرت له ذنوب ثمانين عاماً

Hadith 28

Abū Hurayrah also reported that the Prophet said:

Prayers upon me is a light on the Sirāt (Bridge) and the one who sends prayers upon me on Friday eighty times will be forgiven eighty years of sin.

[ Abū Nu‘aym reported it while Ibn Hajr graded it weak. Imām al-Ghazālī related it in his Ihya and al-Dāruqtnī graded it gharīb (rare).]

Note: While the classification of this hadīth is weak, it doesn’t reduce the significance of its meaning; nor does it mean that the hadīth is false, a different status altogether. However it is agreed upon that if a hadīth acted upon is graded as weak but it encourages virtuous actions, then it is commendable to act upon it in one’s life. [see: Ibn Taymiyya on using lesser grades of hadith for encouraging good virtues.]

Hadith 29


‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عُثْمَانُ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏جَرِيرٌ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏مَنْصُورٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏سَالِمِ بْنِ أَبِي الْجَعْدِ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏أَنَسُ بْنُ مَالِكٍ ‏ ‏رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ‏ ‏قَالَ ‏
‏بَيْنَمَا أَنَا وَالنَّبِيُّ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏خَارِجَانِ مِنْ الْمَسْجِدِ فَلَقِيَنَا رَجُلٌ عِنْدَ سُدَّةِ الْمَسْجِدِ فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَتَى السَّاعَةُ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏مَا أَعْدَدْتَ لَهَا فَكَأَنَّ الرَّجُلَ اسْتَكَانَ ثُمَّ قَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَا أَعْدَدْتُ لَهَا كَبِيرَ صِيَامٍ وَلَا صَلَاةٍ وَلَا صَدَقَةٍ وَلَكِنِّي أُحِبُّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ قَالَ ‏ ‏أَنْتَ مَعَ مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ

Anas bin Malik reported:

Allah’s Messenger and I were coming out of the mosque that we met a person on the threshold of the mosque and he said to Allah’s Messenger , “When would be the Last Hour?” Allah’s Messenger said: “What preparation have you prepared for that?” The man became silent and then said, “Allah’s Messenger, I have made no significant preparation with prayer and fasting and charity but I, however, love Allah and His Messenger.” Thereupon he said, “You would be along with one whom you love.”

[reported in al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Hadith 30


وأخرج ابن أبي شيبه وابن مردويه عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم”أكثروا الصلاة علي يوم الجمعة، فإنها معروضة علي”.

Abū Hurayrah related that the Messenger of Allāh said:

Increase invoking blessings on me on Friday, for surely it is presented to me.

[Bukhārī and At-Tabarānī recorded it and also ash-Shāfī‘i in his Musnad.]

Hadith 31


أكثروا الصلاة علي يوم الجمعة وليلة الجمعة فمن صلى علي صلاة صلى الله عليه عشرا

In a different version from Anās  that the Prophet said:

Increase invoking blessings upon me on Friday and the night of Friday. Whoever invokes a single blessing on me, Allāh will bless him ten times.

[Reported by al-Hāfizh as-Suyūtī in his Saghīr.]

Hadith 32


أكثروا الصلاة علي يوم الجمعة. فإنه مشهود تشهده الملائكة

Abū ad-Dardā related that the Prophet said:

Increase invoking blessings upon me on Friday, it is witnessed by the Angels

[Recorded in the Sunan of Ibn Mājah in which al-Haythamī in his Zawā’id said it is authentic.]

Hadith 33


من صلى علي من أمتي كتبت له عشر حسنات ومحيت عنه عشر سيئات

The Prophet is reported to have said:

Whoever among my nation invokes blessings upon me, ten good deeds are written for him and ten sins are erased from him.

[Imām al-Ghazālī reported it in his Ihyā. Al-Haythamī reported it in his al-Zawā’id as did al-Bazzār and al-Hindī in his Kanz al-‘Ummāl with a slightly different wording.]

Hadith 34


وللخصلة الأخيرة شاهد صحيح من حديث أبي هريرة في المستدرك عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ثلاثة تحت ظل عرش الله، يوم لا ظل إلا ظله: من فرج عن مكروب أمتي، ومن أحيى سنتي، ومن أكثر الصلاة علي أورده في “الفردوس” وبيّض له في “مسنده” ، ولم يذكر له إسناداً.

On the authority of Anas that the Messenger of Allāh said:

There are three under the shade of Allāh on a day when there is no shade except His; the one who relieved a distress from someone from my nation; the one who gave life to my Sunnah and the one who invoked blessings on me the most .

[It is recorded in the Mustadrak and the Musnad of al-Firdaus. Al-Hāfiz as-Suyūtī also recorded it in his Burūj al-Hilāl.]

Hadith 35


وروى الترمذي عن أبي بن كعب قال: كان رسول اللّه صلى اللّه عليه وسلم إذا ذهب ثلثا الليل قام فقال: “يا أيها الناس اذكروا اللّه اذكروا اللّه، جاءت الراجفة تتبعها الرادفة، جاء الموت بما فيه جاء الموت بما فيه” قال أبي: قلت يا رسول اللّه إني أكثر الصلاة عليك فكم أجعل لك من صلاتي؟ قال: “ما شئت” قلت الربع، قال: “ما شئت فإن زدت فهو خير لك” قلت: فالنصف قال: {ما شئت فإن زدت فهو خير لك” قلت: فالثلثين، قال: “ما شئت فإن زدت فهو خير لك” قلت أجعل لك صلاتي كلها، قال: “إذن تكفي همك ويغفر لك ذنبك”.

Ubayy ibn Ka‘b said: “After one third of the night the Prophet used to get up. One such time he said: O People! Remember Allah! The rājifa [first blow of the Trumpet] is upon us! The rādifa [second blow of the Trumpet] follows it. Death has come.” Ubayy said: ya rasūlallāh innī ukthiru al-salāta `alayka fa kam aj`al laka min salātī “O Messenger of Allah, I make much salawāt upon you as a habit. How much of my prayer should I devote to you?” The Prophet said: “As much as you like.” Ubayy said: “A quarter?” The Prophet said: “As you like, but if you add to that it will be better for you.” Ubayy then mentioned a third, then a half, then two thirds, and always the Prophet answered: “As you like, but if you add to that it will be better for you.” Finally Ubayy said: yā rasūlallāh innī urīdu an aj`ala salātī kullahā lak –

“O Messenger of Allah, I want to devote my entire prayer (i.e. du`a) to you.” Whereupon the Prophet 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.”)

[at-Tirmidhī and al-Hākim narrated it and graded it sound. ]

The meaning given in Al-Mubarakfuri’s commentary on at-Tirmidhī, Tuhfa al-Ahwadhī said:

What is meant by, “I make all of my prayers for you,” is “I turn over my prayers to you at every time which I supplicate therein for my self.”

As-Sābūnī wrote in his abridgment of Ibn Kathīr’s commentary the opinion of al-Imām an-Nawawī:

If one invokes blessings on the Prophet , let him combine it with prayers and peace and not fall short on either of them. So do not say, salla-llahu `alayhi and not `alayhis-salām, only.

As-Sābūnī commented:

This is what he said taken from the verse, “O ye who believe, invoke blessings on him and peace unceasingly.” For it is more proper to be said,  salla-llahu `alayhi wa sallam, unceasingly.

Commenting on this hadith, Al-Haytami said:

It is understood from the wording of these narrations that the meaning of the word salāt in the expression: “I shall devote my salāt to you” is du`a’ — invocation… Then the meaning is: “There is a time in which I make du‘a on behalf of myself: how much of that should I devote to you?” If this is established firmly, then consider what the Shaykh al-Islam al-hāfiz Ibn Hajar said as reported from him by his student al-hāfiz al-Sakhawi who particularly commended this saying of his: “This hadith constitutes a tremendous principle of the Religion for whoever makes du‘a after his recitation and says: O Allah, grant our Master Allah’s Messenger the reward of this worship.”

Commenting on this hadith, Imam Sakhawi said:

Salāt in this hadith means invocation (du‘a) and habitual devotion(wird) in the following sense: “There is a time in which I make du‘a on behalf of myself: how much of that should I devote to you?” The Prophet did not consider that he should place a limit for him in this respect in order not to close the gate of superabundance for him. Accordingly he persisted in giving Ubayy the choice at the same time as he stressed for him surplus in invocation until Ubayy said: “I shall devote my entire prayer to you.” That is: I shall invoke blessings upon you instead of asking anything for myself. Whereupon the Prophet said: “Then you will be freed from care,” that is: do not worry either for your Religion or for your worldly need, because invoking blessings on me includes both remembrance of Allah and rendering honor to the Prophet; and the sense of this is an indication to Ubayy that he is actually invoking for himself, as confirmed by the Prophet’s report on behalf of his Lord: “Whoever is occupied from beseeching Me because of remembering Me, I shall grant him the best of what I grant those who beseech.” Know then that if you make most of your worship consist in invoking blessings upon your Prophet, Allah will suffice you in the matter of your worldly life and your hereafter.

However we say that , according to the party of the bukhala — the mean and miserly — to follow the Prophet’s advice in this matter “would foster his worship”! How far is this “Salafi” opinion from the Qur’an and the Sunnah! In 1,400 years of sending salawāt on the Prophet far more abundantly than in our age, we have never witnessed what they claim; how then do they want us to fear its occurrence now? And have they forgotten that the Prophet specifically said: “Those closest to me in the hereafter are those who invoked blessings upon me the most (in dunyā)” and “No people sit at length without mentioning Allah and invoking blessings on His Prophet except they will incur dissatisfaction from Allah (or: dissatisfaction on the Day of resurrection): if He likes He will punish them and if He likes He will forgive them”? Rather, they are intent on hindering Muslims from expressing love for their Prophet through invoking blessings upon him, celebrating his birth, reading his life, and encouraging each other towards knowing him and loving him more than their own parents and children. For this is the great characteristic of this Community which its enemies wish to eradicate: we know our Prophet; we keep his status high; we prefer his Sunnah to all other lifestyles; and we cherish his love among us more dearly than our own lives and properties. [Shaykh Hisham Kabbani]

Hadith 36


وروى أبوداود في سننه حدثنا محمد بن عوف ثنا المقرئ ثنا حيوة عن أبي صخر حميد بن زياد عن يزيد بن عبد الله بن قسيط عن أبي هريرة أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ثم ما من أحد يسلم على إلا رد الله على روحي حتى أرد عليه السلام

Abu Hurayrah related that the Prophet of Allah (s) said: not one person greets me except that Allah returns my soul to me in order that I will return his greetings. [Abu Dawud in his Sunan]

Imam Suyuti (r) said, “The Prophet’s (s) soul is always there and alive, because in every moment thousands of people are sending salawaat on him, which means his soul never leaves his body and is always present.”  [Shaykh Hisham Kabbani]

Hadith 37

حياتي خير لكم تحدثون ويحدث لكم ، فإذا أنا مت كانت وفاتي خيرا لكم ، تعرض علي أعمالكم فان رأيت خيرا حمدت الله تعالى وإن رأيت شرا استغفرت لكم.

Hayaatee khayrun lakum tuhadithoona wa yuhdatha lakum fa idhaa anaa mitta kaanat wafaatee khayran lakum. Tu`radu `alayya `amalakum fa in raa’itu khayran hamadta ’Llah wa in raa’itu sharran astaghfarta lahum.

The Prophet (s) said: My life is good for you as you will relate from me and it will be related to you, and when I die my passing will be better for you.  I observe the deeds of my ummah. If I find good I thank Allah, and if I see bad, I ask forgiveness for them.

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani explains “and when I die my passing will be better for you” as meaning, “My death is better for you than my life, because then I can pray for you.”)

Hadith 38

روى العشاري من حَدِيث الحكم بن عَطِيَّة عَن ثَابت عَن أنس قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُول الله صلى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسلم: من صلى علي فِي يَوْم ألف مرّة لم يمت حَتَّى يرى مَقْعَده من الْجنَّة. إِسْنَاده ضَعِيف

Man salla `alayya fee yawm alf marratin lam yamut hattā yara maq`adahu min al-jannat.

Whoever blesses me in a day one thousand times would not die before being shown his place in Paradise.

Hadith 39

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من صلى علي في يوم ألف صلاة لم يمت حتى يبشر بالجنة. رواه أبو الشيخ عن أنس رضى الله عنه

Man salla ‘alayya fee yawm alf marratin lam yamut hattā yubashshir bil-jannat.

Whoever blesses me in a day one thousand times would not die before being given the glad tidings of Paradise.

Hadith 40


ما من رجل يصلي علي مائة إلا غفر له الله

Maa min rajulin yusalli ‘alayya mi’ata illa ghafar lahu ‘Llah.

There in no man who invokes blessings on me 100 times except that Allah forgives him.

[at-Tabarani in his Kabir, Abu Na`eem in his Hilya, sahih]

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