Habib Ali al-Habashi (may Allah have mercy upon him and allow us to benefit from him) teaches us to use this prayer to seek the pleasure of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and to ask that our actions and intentions be so connected to the Prophet that they are at one with him. Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz placed this prayer in his Hadrah Badriyyah.
Allahumma salli wa sallim `ala sayyidina Muhammad salatan turdika wa turdihi wa tantawi biha a`mali wa niyyaati wa harakaati wa sakanaati fih
O Allah, bestow Your prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad, prayers which allow us to attain Your pleasure and his and cause my actions, intentions, movements and stillness to be enveloped in him.
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.
As we come to the end of this hijri year, we present these salawat by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) upon the Seal of the Messengers and the Master of the Prophets ﷺ
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على مَنْ خَتَمْتَ بِهِ الرِّسَالات
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على مَنْ جَعَلْتَهُ سَيِّدَ أَهْلِ النُّبُوَّات
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على أَوْسَعِ الخَلْقِ جَاهاً لَدَيْكَ في الدُّنْيَا و يَوْمَ المِيقَات
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على صَاحِبِ الشَّفَاعَةِ العُظْمى
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على صَاحِبِ المقَامِ الأَسْنى
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ المُصْطَفى
وعلى آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً
O Allah, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon the one who You made the Seal of the Messengers;
O Allah, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon the one who You made the Master of the Prophets;
O Allah, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon the one who has the greatest status in Your sight in this life and on the Day of Judgement;
O Allah, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon the one who possesses the greatest intercession;
O Allah, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon the one who possesses the highest station;
O Allah, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Chosen One and upon his Family and Companions.
The following prayer was composed by Imam al-Haddad
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على سَيِّدِنا و مَوْلانا مُحَمَّدٍ الَّذي أُمِرْنا على لِسَانِهِ بِحِفْظِ الحُدُودِ و الوَفَاءِ بِالعُهُودِ و الرِّضا بِالمَوْجُودِ و الصَّبْرِ على المَفْقُودِ
O Allah, bestow prayers upon our Master Muhammad, on whose tongue we have been commanded to maintain the boundaries, to honour our trusts, to be content with what we possess and to patiently bear any losses we suffer.
This is a prayer composed by Habib Muhammad al-Haddar to be read by those visiting the Prophet Hud (peace be upon him).
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ و سَلِّمْ في كُلِّ لَحْظَةٍ أَبَداً عَدَدَ ذَرَّاتِ الوُجُود
عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ و على نَبِيِّ اللهِ هُود و على آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ و على آلِ نَبِيِّ اللهِ هُود
‘O Allah, bestow prayers and peace in every instant for eternity upon our Master Muhammad and upon the Prophet of Allah, Hud, upon the family and followers of our Master Muhammad and upon the family and followers of the Prophet of Allah, Hud.’
The following salawat were composed by Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him).
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ صَاحِبِ المقَامِ الأَسْنَى المَخْصُوصِ بِشَرَفِ الإِدْنَى مَنْ لَوْ لا هُو ما كُنَّا و اغْمُرْني بِأَنْفَاسِهِ في الحِسِّ و المَعْنَى وعلى آلِهِ وصَحْبِهِ وَ سَلِّمْ
O Allah, bestow prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad and upon his Family and Companions, the one who holds the highest station, the one who was honored with the greatest degree of proximity – had it not been for him we would not have existed – and envelope me with his blessings both tangible and intangible.
O Allah, O Light of the heavens and the earth, bestow prayers and peace upon the one You created from Your Light and upon his Family and Companions. Forgive my sins and fill my heart with the light of Your knowledge and his knowledge of You.
اللهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّد الَذِي مَا ذُكِرَ اسْمُهُ عَلَى مَرِيضٍ إلا شُوفِي وَ لا سَقِيمٍ إلا عُوفِي وَ عَلَى آلِهِ وَ صَحْبِهِ وَ سَلِّمْ
O Allah, bestow prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad, the one who when his name is mentioned the sick are cured and blessed with wellbeing and upon his Family and Companions.
O Allah, bestow prayers and peace upon the radiant full moon, the bringer of glad tidings, the warner, the spirit and essence of all existence, the gift of mercy for the whole of creation and upon his Family and Companions and all those that come after them until the Promised Day.
O Allah, bestow prayers and peace upon our master Muhammad, the leader of both worlds, the most splendid of all people and jinn, the grandfather of Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn and upon his Family and Companions and make my utmost delight bestowing prayers upon him.
The following prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ are composed by Habib Ibrahim bin `Aqil bin Yahya (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him).
Habib Ibrahim said:
“Every act of worship is liable to be ruined by ostentation (riya’) except bestowing prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ because it is a means of intercession and it is accepted by Allah whatever the state of the person.”
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ و سَلِّمْ و بَارِكْ و كَرِّمْ عَلى سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ حَبِيبِكَ المَحْبُوب و مُحِبِّيهِ كَمَا يُرْضِيكَ و يُرْضِيهِ و حَبِّبْنَا إِلَيْهِ و زِدْنا مَحَبَةً فِيهِ
O Allah, bestow Your prayers, peace, blessings and generosity upon our Master Muhammad, Your Beloved, and upon those who love him to the extent that pleases You and pleases him and make us beloved to him and increase us in love for him.
Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik wa karrim `ala Sayyidina Muhammad habibik al-mahbub wa muhibbihi kama yurdika wa yurdihi wa habbibna ilayhi wa zidna mahabbatan fih.
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ و سَلِّمْ كما تَرْضَى و تُحِبْ عَلى سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ أَحَبِّ مَنْ تُحِبْ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و جَميعِ مَنْ يُحِبُّونَهُ و يُحِبْ و هَبْ لي بِحَقِّهِ و بِحَقِّهِمْ في الدَّارَيْنِ ما أُحِبْ و أَدْخِلْنِي و مَنْ أُحِبْ فِيمَنْ تُحِبْ
Allahumma salli wa sallim kama tarda wa tuhibb `ala sayyidina Muhammad ahabbi man tuhibb wa `ala alihi wa sahbihiwa jami`i man yuhibbunahu wa yuhibb wa hab li bihaqqihi wa bihaqqihim fi’ddarayn ma uhibb wa adkhilni wa man uhibb fiman tuhib.
O Allah, bestow Your prayers and peace to the extent which pleases You and as You wish upon our Master Muhammad, the most beloved of those that You love and upon his Family and Companions and all those that they love and he loves. I ask You by his station and their station to bless me with all that I wish for in both abodes and to make me and those that I love among those that You love.
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ و سَلِّمْ عَلى سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ سَيِّدِ الكَوْنَيْنِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ صَلاةً و سَلاماً نَسْعَدُ بِهِما في الدَّارَيْنِ
Allahumma salli wa sallim `ala sayyidina Muhammad sayyidi’l-kawnayn wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi salatan wa salaman nas`adu bihima fi’ddarayn.
O Allah, bestow prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad, the master of both realms and upon his Family and Companions, by which we attain felicity in both abodes.