Taken from “Discourses on Islamic Way of Life” by Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (hafidullah) [Darul-ishaat]
The greatest benefactor of Humanity
The Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam has said in this hadith: “It is enough for a believer to be regarded as a miser that, when I am mentioned before him he does not offer Darood (blessings, mercy) on me”
The reason for this remark of the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam is quite understandable. He salalahu alayhi wa salam is the greatest benefactor and well-wisher of the believers on the surface of this earth. His kindness and obligations are the greatest and heaviest on the necks of those whom Allah has favoured with the wealth of belief (Eeman). The state of the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam himself was, that he salalahu alayhi wa salam was pining day and night for the sake of the good of his salalahu alayhi wa salam Ummah. Describing this state of the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhiw a salam a Companion radiallahu anhu once said:
“He (salalahu alayhi wa salam) was always drowned in deep thought and remained constantly in a sad and pensive mood.”
The learned saint have explained that this thoughtfulness and worry were not due to loss in some worldly business or property; they were indeed due to his anxiety to save his (salalahu alayhi wa salam) Ummah from the Fire of Hell and to enable it to receive the pleasure of Almighty Allah.
I am saving you from the fire
In another hadith the holy prophet salalahu alayhi wasalam has said: My example and your example are like a man who has kindled a fire and moths and insects are rushing to that fire. The man is trying to keep these moths and insects away from the fire to save them from being burnt. Just like this man, i am dragging you away from the fire, although you are trying to escape from my grip and heading fast towards the fire of hell.” (Sahih Muslim)
The Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam spent his entire life in the axiety to save his Ummah from Hell-fire. For all this kindness and anxiety of the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam for his Ummah, should a member of his Ummat be so miserly as not to offer Darood/Salawat at least once on hearing the Prophet’s salalahu alayhi wa salam sacred name? Apart from the benfit which the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam will receive, the reciter of the Darood himself will stand to gain a great deal from this act.
Almighty Allah Himself is a partner in this act
Almighty Allah has adopted in teh Holy Qur’an a unique style of commanding His servants to send Darood on the Holy Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam). This He says:
“Surely, Allah and His Angels shower blessings on the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam). O you who believe: Send blessings on him and salute him with all respect.” (33:56)
Just realize the uniqueness of Allah’s style in His divine address. He has not commanded his servants to “send blessings” instead, he has first told His servants that He himself and His angels too are showering blessings on the Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam. This style contains two important indications. Firstly, the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam does not stand in need of our Darood, when Allah and His Angels are already busy with the act of offering Darood. Secondly, this act of sending Darood is unique and distinctive in that there is no other act, except Darood, in which Almighty Allah is also engaged along with His Angels- and servants. For example, Allah is not engaged along with His servant in acts of worship like Salat (prayer), Saum (fasting), Zakat (the obligatory charity), Hajj (pilgrimage to the Ka’ba), etc. It is only Darood that stands out in this unique distinction, that Allah, His Angels, and His servants are all engaged in offering Darood.
How Should the Servants Offer Darood?
It should however be noted that the ways of offering Darood to the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhiw a salam by Allah and His servants are quite different frome ach other. Allah’s act of offering Darood means that He is showering mercy and blessings ont he Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam direct. As regards a servant’s act of offering Darood, it means that he is praying to Allah for showering His Mercy and Blessings on His Prophet salalahua layhi wa salam. It occurs in a Hadith that when the verse was revealed the noble companions radiallahu anhum asked the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wasalam:
“O Prophet of Allah (salalahu alayhi wa salam)! In this verse there are injunctions for us that we should offer to His Prophet salalahu alayhiw a salam 1) Darood and 2) Salam. We know the way of offering Salam, as we bid you salam when we call on you salalahu alayhi wa salam by saying as salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. You have also taught us the way of reciting Salam, as we recite it in the Tashah-hud in the sittings after the second and the third and fourth Rak’ats in Salat. What is the way of ofering Darood on you (salalahu alayhiwa salam)?
The Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam taughtthem that they should offer Darood in these words:
“O Allah , send Darood on Muhammad and on the household of Muhammad as You sent Darood on Ibrahim and on the household of Ibrahim. Youa re indeed Highly Praised, Magnifcent.” (Sahih Muslim)
This contains an indication that the servant of Allah is helpless and too incompetent to offer Darood. He cannot do full justice to this job on account of his own incompetency, on account of the enormity of the obligations lying on the shoulder of the kindness, mercy and sympathy of the Holy Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam, and his salalahu alayhi wa salam own high status, attributes, accomplishments and nearness to Almighty Allah. The servant should, therefore, confess his helplessness at the very outset and pray to Allah to offer Darood to His beloved Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam).