What a joyous month it is on the Islamic calendar, the month of Rabi’ul Awwal. It is the month that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born. The Prophet (peace be upon him) brought light and guidance to the people of Arabia, and to the world, leading them to the worship of one God, after they had been worshipping idols.
Muhammad (peace be upon him) put an end to the ignorant practices that existed in the Arabian Peninsula at the time, such as: rampant prostitution, treating women as a commodity, tribal pride, revenge, infanticide (burying newborn baby girls alive), and alcoholism.
This indeed is a happy month. All Muslims worldwide should commemorate the Prophet’s birth and his life by reviving the tradition that many Muslims have neglected, and that is sending peace and blessings upon our Prophet every day ten times, a hundred times, two hundred times. We have become too preoccupied with our day-to-day affairs that we have forgotten this important act of worship.
Muslims should incorporate this practice in their daily habits and routines.
The well known scholar, Al-Albani, wrote in his prologue to the book Merits of Sending Blessings Upon the Prophet by Ismail bin Ishaq Al-Qadi:
“Multiply the number of times that you say, ‘May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad.’ Say this at all times of the day. Each time you say it, in return Allah will send blessings upon you, raise your status, increase your good deeds, erase some of your bad deeds, and lighten the burden of the worries that you carry, regarding this world and the Hereafter.”
Imagine this; your greetings of peace and blessings reach the Prophet. Although the Prophet (peace be upon him) cannot hear us in the physical sense, the angels inform him of our greetings and prayers.
Make a special effort on Fridays to increase the number of times that you say, “May the peace and blessings of Allah descend upon Muhammad.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to his companions, “On Fridays recite the salawat (peace and blessings) for me repeatedly! The salawat will be conveyed to me.” When it was asked whether it would be conveyed to him after his death, the Prophet answered,
“Soil does not rot Prophets’ bodies. Whenever a Muslim says the salawat for me, an angel informs me of it and says, “So-and-so’s son, so-and-so of your ummah sent his salaam and prayed for you.’” (Abu Dawood)
After performing each of the five daily prayers, remain seated on your prayer rug just for a couple of minutes, before rushing off to the never-ending tasks of your day, and repeat it ten times: peace and blessings be upon Muhammad.
If you are with a group of friends, talking together, when you part remind one another to say this prayer. When you enter the mosque and when you leave it, mention the peace and blessings upon Muhammad. Over the dinner table with your family and children, mention this prayer upon the Prophet.
Whoever hears the mention of the Prophet and does not say ‘peace be upon him’ is miserly.
As for the benefits that you will gain by mentioning peace and blessings upon the Prophet, there are plenty.
So, what are the merits that we gain and why is it so important to say, “May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you, O Muhammad,”?
One of the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Abu Talha, noticed that the Prophet’s face was lit, and he appeared very happy. Abu Talha said to the Prophet (peace be upon him), “O Messenger of Allah! I see joy and delight in your countenance!”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Yes, for Gabriel has just come to me saying: O Muhammad, whoever among your ummah invokes blessings upon you once, Allah records for him ten good deeds, erases from his account ten evil deeds, and raises him ten degrees because of it.” (Al-Sakhawi)
Simply by mentioning the Prophet’s name and wishing him peace and blessings, we can earn so many good deeds.
A close companion of the Prophet, Abdur Rahman ibn Awf said that he had once asked the Prophet (peace be upon him), “O Messenger of Allah! You made a prostration so long that I was afraid that Allah has taken your soul during it. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Gabriel came to me and gave me the glad tiding that Allah, the Praised and Exalted, says: “He who sends salat on you, I will send salat on him, and he who greets you I will greet him”, so I made a long prostration out of gratitude to Allah. (Ahmad)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) has said, “The closest people to me on the Day of Resurrection will be those who invoked the most blessings upon me.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Muslims wish that they could have seen the Prophet’s face, heard him speak, and stood behind him in prayer. We wish that we will see the Prophet (peace be upon him) and be close to him in the Hereafter. By invoking peace and blessings upon the Prophet, we can earn his companionship.
Article by: saudigazette.com.sa