Why Muslims say 'Peace be upon him' when Muhammad's name is mentioned

Divine blessings on Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the highest and the most meritorious act in our religion. This divine blessings is called Durood Shareef.

By Khwaja Mohammed Zubair

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Published: Sat 18 Jun 2016, 3:03 PM

Last updated: Thu 16 Feb 2023, 3:24 PM

When Almighty Allah sends Durood and Salaams upon Prophet Muhammad (Pace be upon him), He is actually blessing him. When the Malaa'ikah and the Muslims send Durood and Salaams, they are actually showing Almighty Allah their respect for the Holy Prophet.

Muslims hope that, through the blessings of the Durood and Salaams, Almighty Allah will forgive them of their sins and increase their status in this world and in the Hereafter. The Malaa'ikah hope that Almighty Allah will increase their status.

Durood is a sure means of Allah granting blessings, peace, prosperity and favours of great magnitude on one who recites Durood Shareef on the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him).

The reciter of Durood Shareef receives all the benefits in this world and utmost gain in the next world in addition to the love of the Holy Prophet.

The regular recitation of Durood Shareef lifts up our hearts on to a plane of comprehension where we gaze in our new found peace and moral armour.

The reciter of Durood Shareef will, after some time, come to realise by himself that it is the spontaneous outpouring of his heart before the Great Prophet of Islam, whose love and attachment is needed to get all the present day problems solved and obtain mercy in the next world.

The more Durood Shareef we recite, the greater the gain and benefit will be achieved in both the worlds. Shaikh-e-Akbar Mo'inuddin ibn Arabi has stated: "Those who claim to love and revere the Holy Prophet should increase their recital of the Durood Shareef in patience and perseverance until, through the mercy of the Prophet, they have the opportunity of witnessing his blessed countenance."

The special and exclusive aspect of this prayer is that Durood Shareef is immediately accepted by Allah. No one can doubt its acceptance, as Durood Shareef is being recited by Allah, too. Not only this, but He has revealed this secret in the Holy Quran by saying: Wara fa'na laka zikrah (Have I not exalted thy name?).

Muslims are a very fortunate people. Allah chose for them the name of Islam as a religion, declared to be comprehensive and final for mankind. The person chose to deliver this message in this specific form and extraordinary style of love and hope was the most beloved of Allah and became the Light of Divinity to be shed upon the entire universe..

Durood Shareef is the panacea of all ills and that if any one comes across a calamity he should recite Durood Shareef in the maximum number.

It is a cardinal duty of every Muslim man and woman, young and old to entertain the highest respect, regard, love and esteem for the Prophet and his family.

Benefits of Durood Shareef:

  • For every Durood Shareef that you recite, 10 sins are forgiven, 10 good deeds are entered into your sheet of actions and 10 positions are upgraded. Allah showers 10 blessings on the man who recites a Durood.
  • The first man who will meet the Prophet on the Day of Judgement will be that person who had recited the Durood maximum number of times in his lifetime.
  • Those who recite Durood in maximum number will be nearest and dearest to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) in the next world.
  • If any one is involved in a difficult situation, then he must recite Durood Shareef as many times as he can.
  • Reciting excessive Durood Shareef brings purity. Any one who recites excessive Durood Shareef in this world will be safe and sound in the next world.
  • When a prayer is made to Allah, it is never accepted unless Allah is praised and Durood Shareef is recited.

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