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.

On Reciting Salawat Compilations

Should I give preference to reading Dala’il al-Khayrat or Habib Ali al-Habashi’s Majma al-Lata’if al-Arshiyyah?

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

The best thing would be to recite a portion of both (or any other similar compilation of salawat) daily but if this is not possible then you should alternate between the two. All these books are filled with light. In addition, you should give priority to any salat that your shaykh has instructed you to recite or any salat which you find especially beneficial in connecting your heart to the Prophet ﷺ.