During a visit to Madina Munawwarah,
I was sitting in the courtyard, on the marble floor, outside the
(Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam), near the Raudha Mubarak,
looking at the Green Dome, and in deep thought. A doctor from Johannesburg,
walked by. After greeting me with Salaam, he asked me as to what
I was watching.
I replied : ‘The flights coming into Madina Shareef.’
He replied : ‘No planes are permitted to fly in the
vicinity of the Haram Shareef.’
I explained : ‘The flights are the flights of the
angels, who have collected the Durud
of millions of Muslims, throughout the world, and who are now conveying
these to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam).’
The Hadith Sharief mentions : ‘ Verily Allah has
certain angels wandering all over the earth. They convey to me the
Salaat of my Ummah.’
…This should not be difficult to understand in this day
and age of advanced technology. Thousands of people are making phone
calls to people in different cities and countries of the world.
Within seconds, there is a connection and the person is able to
Rasulullah’s (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam)
Ihsaan (favour) upon us is tremendous. Durud Shareef should therefore
become our daily practice as it develops that connection with Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam).
Using the remarkable gift of imagination, one should imagine the
angels conveying one’s Durud Shareef in the court of Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam)or imagine standing before
the Raudha Mubarak and personally presenting Salaat and Salaam to
the Master of all men, the Seal of all the Prophets, the Crown of
the Believers, the Illuminator of the universe, the Leader of the
pious, the Protector and Guide of the Believers and the Beloved
of Allah Ta’ala, Sayyidina
Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam).
This noble and lofty ibaadah
of conveying Salaat and Salaam with sincerity, attention and meditation
will create a ‘kaifiyyat’ or special feeling within
the heart as well as gain one the Qurb
of Allah Ta’ala, since Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wa-Sallam) is the Beloved of Allah Ta’ala.
Moreover, the person who conveys Salaat and Salaam becomes the
beneficiary to many, many bounties, in this world and the next.
Some of these are : sins are forgiven, stages elevated in the hereafter,
protection from Jahannum, protection from harm, intercession of
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam), securing the pleasure
of Allah Ta’ala. It also draws the Rahmah (mercy) of Allah
Ta’ala and invites barakah (blessings) into our homes, businesses,
and lives, and relieves from various anxieties.
Through the recitation of Durud Shareef, our duas (supplications)
are also accepted.
Madina Munawwarah : The Enlightened City
Masjidun Nabawi (1) : The Sacred Mosque of the Prophet
Raudha Mubarak : Blessed garden (in reference to the Prophet’s
Haram Shareef : The Holy Mosque of the Prophet (1)
Durud/Salaat : Seeking Allah’s Blessings on the Prophet (1).
Salaam : Salutation to the Prophet (1) .
Ummah : Followers
Sayyidina : Our Leader
Ibaadah : Worship
Qurb : proximity, nearness.