Meaning of sending Blessings upon Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad

Question 116: What is the meaning of sending Blessings upon Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad? (i.e. O Allah send blessings upon Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad)

Answer: The Salat (sending blessings) means the supplication and pleading and begging to Allah for requesting something from Him the Glorified and Al-mighty, or the coming closer to Him and it is also a request, so when we say: O Allah send blessings upon Muhammad, it means we are requesting from Allah the Glorified the Al-mighty to raise the matter of Muhammad (pbuhap) and to elevate his rank, and certainly the rank of Muhammad (pbuhap) is the closest rank and that there is no rank beyond it, so his rank is firm and he is the companion of the rank that is a distance of two bows (close to Allah) may Allah send blessings upon him and his progeny, therefore the request from Allah through the sending of blessing upon Muhammad is to raise the matter of Muhammad and to elevate the rank of Muhammad (pbuhap) with the people, meaning to teach the people of the magnificent matter of Muhammad (pbuhap), and this is obtained with the emergence of Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuh); because he will distribute and spread 25 letters of knowledge, so he will teach the people about Monotheism, and he will teach them about the Messengers, and he will teach them about the (Holy) Books, and he will teach them about the Angels, and he will teach them about the creation (representative) of Allah the Glorified the Al-mighty, and he will teach them about Muhammad (pbuhap), so when we say: O Allah send blessings upon Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad, this means that we are saying: O Allah reveal the truth of Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad, and reveal the magnificent rank of Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad, meaning it is as if we are saying: O Allah hasten the appearance of Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad, and it is as if we are saying: O Allah reveal justice and truth and equity and denounce injustice and corruption and inequity, and as a result it is as if this Remembrance i.e. : (“O Allah send blessings upon Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad”) is the best Remembrance and its reward is great, and what I have learnt from Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuh) is that the greatest Remembrance is this saying: (“In the name of Allah the most Merciful the intensely Merciful and There is no power nor strength except through Allah the Most High the Most Great O Allah send Your blessings and peace upon Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad”).

And whoever says it 50 times then he will not be written as Negligent for that day, and if he said it 100 times he will be written as an Attentive (in Remembrance) for that day, and if he said it 1000 times then he will be of those who are Successful with Allah and with Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuh).

The Al-mighty said: {Lo! Allah and His angels send blessings upon the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and send your Salam (prayer for his being in peace) to him in abundance} [1], meaning that the believers are requesting from Allah to send blessings upon Muhammad, thus they say: (“O Allah send blessings and peace upon Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad”), and the meaning of send peace (Salim Tasliman): i.e. give them security and safety, and the security is the pledge of allegiance to Al-Qaim/the Riser (pbuh), and the safety will be inside the Qaim’s Nation (pbuh) ([2]), the Al-mighty said: {.. and whosoever entereth it is safe. ..} [3], and the Al-mighty said: {.. Travel therein secure in the night and in the day.} [4].

Ahmed Alhasan

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[1] The Holy Qur’an: Surat Al-Ahzab {33: 56}.

[2] In the dialogue of Imam Al-Sadiq (pbuh) with Abi Hunaifa, the following appears near the end of it: (… So Abu Bakr AlHuthrami said may I ransom myself for you (what are) the answers in these two questions so he (the Imam) said O Aba Bakr ‘travel therein secure in the night and in the day’, then he said: (This is) for our Qaim of the Ahlulbayt (Progeny of Muhammad), and as for ‘and whoever entereth it is safe’, then (this means) whoever pledges allegiance to him and enters with him and places (their hand) over his hand and joins the covenant of (being one of) his companions then he will be safe) ‘Alal AlShara’i’: vol 1, page 89-91.

[3] The Holy Qur’an: Surat Alee-‘Imran {3: 97}.

[4] The Holy Qur’an: Surat Saba’ {34: 18}.

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