Salawat: Long or Short?

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

When bestowing prayers upon the Prophet , is it better to use a long formula and recite less or a short formula and recite more?

What is best is whatever helps the heart to be present and focused on the Prophet , and helps to increase in love, longing and veneration.

Our Prophet ﷺ : Father, Guide, Doctor and Teacher

In this prayer, Habib Ali al-Habashi poetically expresses the noble qualities of our beloved Prophet ﷺ . In his relationship with his nation, the Messenger exhibits the qualities of a father who compassionately raises and nurtures his children, protecting them from all types of harm while guiding them to the best and straightest of paths. Continue reading Our Prophet ﷺ : Father, Guide, Doctor and Teacher

Is Bestowing Abundant Prayers Upon the Prophet ﷺ a Substitute for a Shaykh?

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

If someone bestows abundant prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ it helps them to overcome obstacles on the spiritual path, remove blameworthy qualities and gain noble qualities. Then through the blessing of bestowing those prayers, Allah unites that person with a shaykh who will be a means for them to reach Allah. So bestowing abundant prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ (and also abundant istighfar) is one of the best means to prepare someone for spiritual progress and facilitate their meeting with their shaykh.