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 Sharia`a Permissibility of Salawat and Salam Part -1

1) INTRODUCTION
This publication is intended to settle any controversy surrounding the issue of reciting Salawat (Durood) and Salaam [Blessings and Salutations] upon the Holy Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) :
(A) In a standing position (Qiyaam),
(B) Using terms of addressing Rasoolullah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) directly e.g.. Ya Nabi Salaam `Alaika !, and
(c) With the thought in mind that Rasoolullah (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) is Haazir and Naazir.

Words such as Shirk and Bid`a have been attributed to this blessed practice by those who are ignorant of the blessings of reciting Salawat and Salaam and of the true meanings of the words Shirk and Bid`a, thereby leaving certain sectors in the community in a state of utter confusion. These students of the 14th Islamic Century, in their haste to pronounce this noble act as a bid`a, have even ignored the opinion of their own spiritual luminaries, who practiced and advocated this noble act.

The permissibility of reciting Salawat and Salaam is one of the many beliefs which distinguishes the Ahle-Sunnah Wal Jama`at from the other sects of Baatil (Deviation).

It is our intention to remove the stigma of Bid`a and Shirk attributed to this noble practice by presenting documented proof from the Qur`aan, Sunnah and the great Islamic scholars of the Hijaaz (Arabia), Misr (Egypt), Shaam (Syria) and Indo-Paksubcontinent. We have systematically categorized the baseless arguments that have arisen over the years into separate chapters. We, thereafter, answered each argument thereby proving once and for all the permissibility of reciting Salawat and Salaam from Qur`aan, Hadith and by citing examples from books written by the scholars of Deoband. You are therefore urged to read this book with an open mind and decide for yourself.

Compiler

2) THE PERMISSIBILITY OF RECITING SALAWAT AND SALAAM (FROM QUR`AN AND HADITH)
It is completely within the Shari`ah (Islamic Law) to recite Salutations and Blessings upon Allah`s Messenger (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) as is evident in the following Qur`aanic ayat : "Undoubtedly, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet (the Communicator of Unseen News), O you who believe ! Send upon him blessings and salute him fully well in abundance" (Surah al-Ahzab, Verse 56)

Almighty Allah in the Holy Qur`aan has enjoined the performance of many things by us such as Salaah, Fasting, Hajj etc. and has praised His Prophets and described their good qualities. He created Hadhrat Adam (`alaihis salaam) and directed the Angels to do Sajda (prostration) to him. However, he does not say in any of His directions, "I (Allah) am doing it, therefore you should do likewise". This honor was exclusively conferred upon our Beloved Nabi Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam). Here, in the above verse, Almighty Allah at the very outset attributed Salawat (recital of blessings) on our Beloved Nabi Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu `alaihi wasallam), first to Himself (Sunnat-i-Ilaahi), then to His Angels (Sunnat-i-Malaa`ika), and after this enjoined on the Muslims (Sunnat-i-Mu`mineen) to do the same, by saying, "Undoubtedly, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet (the Communicator of Unseen News), O you who believe ! Send upon him blessings and salute him fully well in abundance". There cannot be a greater honor for the Believers than this, who have been favored with a share in this Divine performance with Almighty Allah and His Angels