بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“O you believers! Send your blessings to him and salute him with all respect.” (Ahzaab 56)
The Prophets (alayhimus salaam) came to an end with the arrival of the most powerful and dignified personality the world has ever known. Neither time nor the environment, nor the people had any hand in the making of the prophethood of the last of the prophets, Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam). The conditions and circumstances prevailing at that time were conducive rather for tyrants and despots, but not for the mission of a prophet. History provides proof of the prophethood of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam): people from far and near came to see for themselves the concept of the new reform. Many looked at his face for the first time and would exclaim:
“This is the face of a man of truth not that of a man of falsehood.”
They immediately pledged allegiance there and then; others took back his words in their hearts, only to return later to embrace Islam.
The mission of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was not an innovation of his own. It was divine in nature, comprehensive in character and dynamic in its content. The secret of his selfless mission was his love and humility which broke down barriers, disarmed opponents, resolved tribal rivalries and removed prejudice. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) did not work miracles to achieve his objective, but he worked what was more than a miracle: he overcame the heaviest of odds and achieved success, the like of which has no parallel in history: he founded Arabia. Within a short space of ten years after his migration from Makkah, he raised Arabia to become the “Kingdom of Heaven” on earth.
To understand the mission of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) fully, we should examine his sublime qualities as indicated in “The Book without doubt”.
His credentials: “Muhammad is Allah’s messenger.”(Al-Fath 29) “And We have sent you (Muhammad) as a messenger unto mankind.” (Al-Nisaa 79)
His arrival was foretold: “And when Eesa son of Mary said: O Children of Israel I am the messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was (revealed) before me in the Torah, and bringing good tidings of a messenger who shall come after me, whose name is the Praised One. (Saff 6)
His status: “Muhammad is …… the seal of the Prophets.” (Ahzaab 40)
His character: “And indeed you are of an exalted standard of character.” (Al-Qalam 4)
His conduct: “Verily you have in the messenger of Allah a good example of conduct.” (Ahzaab 21)
His humanity and humility: “I am only a man like you …….” (Fussilaat 41:6)
“I am no bringer of a new doctrine …………… I am but an open and clear warner.” (Ahqaaf 9)
His devotion to and anxiety for fellowmen: “Ardently anxious is he over you, full of concern, àààààààà full of pity.” (Taubah 128)
His universal love and affection: “We sent thee not but as a mercy for all creatures.” (Al-Ambiyaa 107)
His duty: “I am commanded to worship Allah with sincere devotion.” (Zumar 11)
His message: “It is revealed to me by inspirations that your God is one God: therefore take the straight path.” (Fussilaat 6)
“There is no God save Him, the Beneficent, the Merciful.” (Al-Baqarah 163)
“The believers are but a single brotherhood….” (Hujuraat 49:10)
His prayer: “…Our Creator! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error, Our Creator! lay not on us such a burden like that which thou laid on those before us. O Creator! lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear!
Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us! Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk.” (Al-Baqarah 2:286)
His mission: “He had ordered for you that religion which He commanded to Nuh, and that which We commanded to Ibraheem, Musa and Eesa, saying: Establish the religion, and be not divided therein.” (Shuraa 13)
The message of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) aims to establish a balance between different aspects of human life. He said that everything in this world is created for you and you are created for the hereafter. Spiritual purity can only be achieved through submission to the Divine will and in fashioning one’s life in accordance with the commandments of Allah Ta’ala. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was thus an inspiring example of Godly life, a model of virtue and goodness, a symbol of truth and a man for all mankind. His superiority compels us to send DUROOD and SALAAM to him as directed in the Holy Quran.
Importance of Salaat & Salaam (Durood Shareef)
إنَّ اللهَ وَمَلَئِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّوْنَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوْا صَلُّوْا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوْا تَسْلِيْمًا
“Verily, Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Send your blessings on him, and salute him with all respects.” (The Holy Quran 33:56)
عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيـْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِماً أَبـَدًا
According to the Quraan Majeed even Allah Ta’ala and his Angels engage in Salaat (Durood) on Nabi
In Arabic the term Salaat has several meanings viz. Rahmat (mercy) Dua (supplication) and Madah (praise).
The word Salaam is commonly translated as peace or blessings or salutation.
Rasulullah said :
“Continue reciting Durood on me. Your Durood reaches me from where ever you are” (Nasai)