This prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ was composed by Habib Ali al-Habashi (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him)
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وسَلِّمْ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ ، صَلاةً تَحْيَا بِها رُوحِي و تَنْشَطُ بِها جَوارِحي و يَقْوَى بِها قَلْبِي و يَسْرِي سِرُّها في أَوْلادِي و أَهْلِي و أَصْحَابي و أَكونُ بِها سَعِيداً مَسْعوداً
Allahumma salli wa sallim `ala sayyidina Muhammad salatan tahya biha ruhi wa tanshatu biha jawarihi wa yaqwa biha qalbi wa yasri sirruha fi awladi wa ahli wa ashabi wa akunu biha sa`idan mas’uda
O Allah, bestow Your prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad, prayers which bring life to my soul, energy to my body and strength to my heart. May the secret of these prayers reach my children, my family and my companions and by them may I attain absolute felicity.
Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz recommends reciting the following prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ 10,000 times in Rabi al-Awwal:
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وسَلِّمْ وبَارِكْ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ الفَاتِحِ لِما أُغْلِقَ الخَاتِمِ لِما سَبَقَ نَاصِرِ الحَقِّ بِالحَقِّ و الهادِي إلى صِراطِكَ المُسْتَقِيمِ صلى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وعلى آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ حَقَّ قَدْرِهِ و مِقْدَارِهِ العَظِيم
Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik `ala sayyidina Muhammad al-fatih lima ughliq al-khatim lima sabaq nasiri’l-haqqi bi’l-haqq wa’l-hadi ila siratika’l-mustaqim sall’Allahu `alayhi wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi haqqa qadrihi wa miqdarihi’l-`azim
O Allah, bestow Your prayers, peace and blessings upon our Master Muhammad, the one who opens that which is closed, the seal of those that came before, the defender of truth with truth and the guide to Your straight path (and upon his Family and Companions), in accordance with the greatness of his rank.
This prayer is known as Salat al-Fatih, which is narrated on the authority of Sayyiduna `Ali bin Abi Talib. It was then taken on by Shaykh Abu Hasan al-Bakri and later Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani, who both taught it to their students.
Habib Umar said that those calling to Allah have received many openings after repeating this prayer.
Click here to download an audio recording of Habib Umar reciting the prayer.
Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)
What are the best prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ to recite?
Every prayer contains goodness and blessings. Any prayer which is recited with love, yearning and veneration is of great benefit regardless of the form.
Priority should be given to the salawat that have been narrated in the Sunnah (such as al-Salat al-Ibrahimiyyah), then the salawat that have been narrated by the early generations or salawat that your Shaykh recommends.
Allah says: “Those who patiently persevere will receive a reward without measure.” (39:10) In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him), teaches us to ask Allah through the Prophet, the most patient of people, to make us among those who patiently persevere and thus receive a reward without measure.
اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا صَبورُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الصَّبور و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، و اجْعَلْني بِهِ مِنْ الصَّابِرِينَ الَّذِين يُؤْتَوْنَ أَجْرَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ حِسَاب في خَيْرٍ و لُطْفٍ و عَافِيَةٍ إِحْسَاناً و كَرَماً
O Allah, the Most Patient, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the most patient Prophet, and upon his Family and Companions. By him make me among the patient who are given their reward without measure accompanied with goodness, kindness and wellbeing out of Your grace and generosity.
We continue our journey through Sayyidi Habib Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names. In this collection, Habib Umar calls upon Allah by His beautiful names and then asks Him to bestow prayers upon His Beloved by those names. Finally, he asks Allah for a portion of those attributes which belong to Allah and which He has bestowed upon His Messenger ﷺ.
اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا رَشِيدُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الرَّشِيدِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، و أَلْهِمْني بِهِ رُشْدِي وارْزُقْني نَشْرَ الرُّشْدِ في الخَلْقِ خُصوصاً و عُموماً و هَيِّئْ لي بِهِ مِنْ أَمْري رَشَداً
O Allah, the Guide to what is right, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet, the rightly guided one and upon his Family and Companions. By him inspire me to do what is right and allow me to spread guidance to all people – both the elite and ordinary people – and by him arrange my affairs in the right way.
Allah says: “then We gave the Book as inheritance to those whom We chose of Our servants.” (35:32) In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him), teaches us to seek our portion of that inheritance.
اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا وارِثُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ أَعْظَمِ وارِثٍ لِكِتابِكَ المُهَيْمِنِ الكَرِيمِ المَجِيدِ العَظِيمِ و مُوَرِّثٍ لِأَسْرَارِهِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، واجْعَلْ سَهْمِي مِنْ إِرْثِهِ سَهْماً جَسِيماً فَخِيماً و حَظِّي مِنْهُ حَظَّاً وافِراً عَظِيماً
O Allah, the Inheritor, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet, the greatest inheritor of Your mighty and noble Book, the guardian of all other books, and the greatest transmitter of its secrets, and upon his Family and Companions. Bless me with a vast portion of his inheritance.