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Weekly Ṣalawāt: Yā `Azīz

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا عَزِيز صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ العَزِيز و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و أَعِزْنِي بِهِ و اجْعَلْ لي بِطَاعَتِكَ و قُرْبِكَ عِزَّاً

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā `Azīz ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-nabī al-`azīz wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim tasliman wa a`iznī bihi wa’j`al lī biṭā`atik wa qurbika `izza

O Allāh, O Mighty One, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Noble Prophet, and by him ennoble me and grant me nobility through obedience to You and closeness to You.

The above is a prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ composed by Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Ḥafīẓ. The weekly salat has no set number and has not been prescribed by one of our teachers. We started sending out these salawat out of a desire to share some of these beautiful formulas with those that we love. Try to read it once at least upon first seeing it and then read it as many times as you are able. The more salawat you read, the more gifts you will receive. It should not take priority over any other adhkar you have been given by your teachers. The best time to read it is on Thursday night and Friday since the Messenger of Allah ﷺ encouraged us to bestow abundant prayers upon him at these times. It can of course, be read at any time and in any place.

On Correcting Belief about the Prophet ﷺ

Answered by Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him).

When I first learnt about Islam, I was taught that the Prophet ﷺ is merely a man and that we should not be excessive in praising him. How do I correct this belief?

You should heal yourself with the Qur’an, as this is one of the best sources of healing. You should read and reflect upon the verses which praise the Prophet and mention his greatness and also read the commentaries on these verses. Reflect, for example, upon Allah’s statement: Truly you are in Our gaze.1

You should also realise that Allah chose him out of all mankind and the greatness of the Chosen One is according to the greatness of the One who chose Him. Allah only magnifies people or things which are great in His sight.

Finally, you should reflect upon his unique attributes. Did any other human being ascend beyond the Lote Tree of the Utmost Boundary (Sidrat al-Muntahā)? Will any other human say on the Day of Judgement at the point of intercession: “I am the one for this”? Did any other human being say that if all the Prophets were alive they would have to follow him? So the Prophet is a human, but not like any other.

1 Al-Ṭūr, 52:48. One meaning of this is that the Prophet constantly receives immense care and concern from Allah.

 

On Correcting One’s Belief about the Prophet ﷺ

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

 

When I first learnt about Islam, I was taught that the Prophet is merely a man and that we should not be excessive in praising him. How do I correct this belief?

You should heal yourself with the Qur’an, as this is one of the best sources of healing. You should read and reflect upon the verses which praise the Prophet ﷺand mention his greatness and also read the commentaries on these verses. Reflect, for example, upon Allah’s statement: Truly you are in Our gaze.1

You should also realise that Allah chose him out of all mankind and the greatness of the Chosen One is according to the greatness of the One Who chose Him. Allah only magnifies people or things which are great in His sight.

Finally, you should reflect upon his unique attributes. Did any other human being ascend beyond the Lote Tree of the Utmost Boundary (Sidrat al-Muntaha)? Will any other human say on the Day of Judgement at the point of intercession: “I am the one for this”? Did any other human being say that if all the Prophets were alive they would have to follow him? So the Prophet ﷺis a human, but not like any other.

1 Al-Tur, 52:48. One meaning of this is that the Prophet ﷺ constantly receives immense care and concern from Allah.