Intentions for Invoking the Salawat and Salam upon the Prophet ﷺ

Masjid Nabawi DomeIntentions for Invoking the Salawat and Salam upon the Prophet ﷺ taken from Habib Sa’ad Al-Aydarus’ Book of Intentions, which reproduced Imam Al-Haddad’s Niyyat of Invoking Salawat and Salam upon the Prophet ﷺ

Allahumma, I intend by my invocation of Salawat and Salam upon the Prophet ﷺ to conform with Your command, to comply with Your book, and to follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet Muhammad ﷺ out of love for him ﷺ, longing for him ﷺ and in exaltation of what is due to him ﷺ; to honour him ﷺ because he ﷺ is deserving of it; so accept this from me, by Your Favour and Kindness, and remove the veil of heedlessness from my Heart and make me from amongst Your righteous servants.

Allahumma, increase him ﷺ in honour in addition to the honour You have already conferred upon him ﷺ, and increase him ﷺ in glory to supplement the glory You have already given to him ﷺ, and elevate his ﷺ rank among the ranks of the Messengers, and his ﷺ degree among the degrees of the Prophets.

I ask You for Your Pleasure and for Paradise, O Lord of the worlds; and for contentment in the religion, in this world, and in the hereafter; and to die whilst living in accordance with the Book, the Sunnah and the Jamà’ah, and by the testimony of faith, without changing or altering it.

And forgive me for what I have committed, by Your Favour and Kindness towards me. Indeed, You are the Forgiver and the Merciful. And bestow Salawat and Salam upon our master Muhammad ﷺ and his Family and Companions and give them peace.

اللهم إني نويت بالصلاة على النبي امتثالاً لأمرك ، وتصديقاً لكتابك واتباعاً لسنة نبيك محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم ومحبة فيه وشوقاً وتعظيماً لحقه ، وشرفاً له وكونه أهلاً لذلك فأقبلها مني بفضلك وإحسانك وأزل حجاب الغفلة عن قلبي ،واجعلني من عبادك الصالحين

اللهم زده شرفاً على شرفه الذي أوليته وعزاً على عزه الذي أعطيته ، وأعلي مقامه في مقامات المرسلين ودرجته في درجات النبيين ، أسألك رضاك والجنة يارب العالمين مع العافية في الدين والدنيا والآخرة ، والموت على الكتاب والسنة والجماعة وكلمة الشهادة من غير تبديل وتغيير

واغفر لي ماارتكبته بفضلك وإحسانك عليّ إنك أنت التواب الرحيم وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم

Fawaid: To Do on the Night of Eid

Kanzul NajahExtracts from Shaykh Abdul Hamid bin Muhammad Ali Quds Al-Makkiy Ash-Shaf’iy’s Kanz an-Najah wa as-Surur (Treasures of Success and Felicity)

Rasulullah ﷺ said,

من أحيا ليلتي العيدين أحيا الله قلبه يوم تموت القلوب

Meaning: He who enlivens the two Eids (with ‘ibadah), Allah will enliven his heart on a day when hearts die.

The meaning of “enliven his heart on a day when hearts die” alludes to one’s safety on the Day of Judgement and protection from having a bad end to one’s life (su’ul-khatimah).

Rasulullah ﷺ also said,

من أحيا الليالي الأربع وجبت له الجنة ليلة التروية وليلة عرفة وليلة النحر وليلة الفطر

Meaning: Jannah is obligatory for the one who enlivens four nights – the Night of Tarwiyah, the Night of Arafah, the Night of Eidul-Adha and the Night of Eidul-Fitr.

Amongst the ways one can enliven the night of Eid (other than making Takbir al-Eid and performing Solah an-Nafilah, which are well known in the Deen) is by making lots of zikir.

The following fawaid are mentioned in Kanz an-Najah wa as-Surur:

Faedah #1: Recite 400 counts of the following zikiruAllah between the entrance of Maghrib on the Night of Eid and Solatul-Eid:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ , لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ , يُحْيِى وَيُمِيتُ  ,وَهُوَ حَىٌّ لاَ يَمُوتُ  ,بِيَدِهِ الْخَيْرُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Meaning: There is no God but Allah, He is One and without partner, to Him is the Dominion and all praise, He gives life and brings forth death, He is Ever Living and doesn’t die, between His hands is goodness, He has power over all things

Rasulullah ﷺ said that whosoever recites in each of the two Eids (Eidul-Fitr and Eidul-Adha) 400 counts of “Laa ilaha illaAllah, wahdahu laa sharikalah, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamd, yuhyi wa yumit, wa huwa hayyun laa yamut, bi yadihil-khayr, wa huwa ‘ala kulli sha-in qadir” Allah will wed him with 400 maidens (in Jannah). And it (his rewards) would be as if he had free 400 slaves. And Allah will send angels to build for him cities and plant trees for him up till the Day of Resurrection.

Faedah #2: Recite 300 counts of the following zikiruAllah between the entrance of Maghrib on the Night of Eid and Solatul-Eid:

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ

Meaning: Exalted is Allah and praise be to Him

Intentions for Visiting Brothers


The late, great Imam of Masjid as-Saggaf, Habib Muhammad bin Alawi Al-Aydarus (also known more fondly as Habib Sa’ad), mentions in his book, The Book of Intentions, the following seven intentions to place in one’s heart when visiting a brother or sister (in Islam):

  1. To intend to visit someone for his or her sanctity, eminence and status e.g. as an alim, as an elderly figure.

It is narrated that two brothers (in Islam) met and one said to the other, “Where have you come from?” He replied, “I have returned from the Haj and from making ziarah of the Prophet ﷺ. And you? Where have you come from?” The first brother answered, “From visiting a brother, to greet him for the sake of Allah.” The second brother (who made Haj) said to the other, “Would you give me half of your rewards and I’ll give you half of mine?” He (the one who visited a brother in Islam for the sake of Allah) lowered his head for a while then they both heard a hatif (disembodied voice) saying, “Visiting a brother in Allah is better than 100 Hajs except the Haj of Islam (the Obligatory Haj).”

  1. To intend to bring affection and harmony to him or her.

Allah says in Surah Al-Anfal:

وَأَلَّفَ بَيۡنَ قُلُوبِہِمۡ‌ۚ لَوۡ أَنفَقۡتَ مَا فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ جَمِيعً۬ا مَّآ أَلَّفۡتَ بَيۡنَ قُلُوبِهِمۡ وَلَـٰڪِنَّ ٱللَّهَ أَلَّفَ بَيۡنَہُمۡ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ۬

Meaning: And He has united their (i.e. believers’) hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allâh has united them. Certainly He is All-Mighty, All-Wise. (8: 63)

Ibnu Mas’ud said, “This verse was revealed about those who love each other for the sake of Allah.” It is said that four things affirm your love for your brother: visiting one another, giving salams, shaking hands [1] and giving gifts.

  1. To intend to fulfill the sunnah of our Messenger ﷺ.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “O Abu Razin, aren’t you aware that when a man leaves his house to visit his brother for Allah’s sake, he is followed by 70,000 malaikah who make doa for him saying, “O our Lord, he has joined ties so join him with you!”?”

  1. To intend to have one’s sins expiated by fulfilling the hadith of the Messenger ﷺ, “When a brother (in Islam) visits his brother (in Islam) for the sake of Allah, and they shake hands and they smile at each other, their sins will fall off from them.”
  2. To intend to earn his or her blessings and gaze. Al-Fudhayl said, “Looking upon a brother in Allah in yearning and love is an act of worship.”
  3. To intend to receive his or her advice and doa (especially if the person you are visiting is a pious, God-conscious Muslim) [2].
  4. To intend to receive the love of Allah.

It is mentioned in a hadith that an angel (who came in the form of a man) once asked a man, “Where are you going?” and the man answered “I seek a brother of mine in this village.” So the angel asked him, “Is there any kinship between you or are you returning a favour?” and the man replied, “No. I am visiting him for the sake of Allah.” So the angel said to the man, “I am a Messenger from Allah and I am here to convey to you that He loves you as you have loved your brother for His sake.”

[1] IMPORTANT: Observe the Islamic rules pertaining to gender relations.
[2] In putting this to practice, one may consider saying, “O Ustaz/Uncle/Aunt so-and-so, please make doa for me.” OR “O Ustaz/Uncle/Aunt so-and-so, recite Al-Fatihah for me.” during one’s visit.

Sayyidil Habib Umar bin Hafiz on Yaqin

Ramadhan DawrahYaqin (Certainty)

The ulama’ say that Allah s.w.t. has never sent down anything from the heavens better than yaqin and that yaqin is the peak of iman. To have yaqin is to have strong iman in one’s heart and it is likened to a big, unshakeable tree. The deeds of a person are based on his level of yaqin and it is also the reason he stays away from evil deeds and bad behaviour. When a person’s yaqin is strong and firm, there will be openings for the good things he intends. Therefore, we have to develop yaqin in our hearts and, when we do so, the ghaib (unseen) will be unveiled to us by Allah s.w.t.

The Reasons for Yaqin

Amongst the reasons for yaqin are:

  • reflecting constantly upon the verses of the Quran
  • reflect and ponder upon the greatness of Allah’s creations
  • obedience and zikir to Allah s.w.t.

Zikr, Fikr and Yaqin

The ulama’ and the arifin mention that zikr and fikr (reflection) are things that enlighten the heart. A person’s heart in seeking guidance is sharpened through fikr, and when the zikr is strong in the heart and accompanied by fikr, the path to Allah s.w.t. will be opened.

Sayyidil Habib’s Doa for Yaqin

We seek Allah’s help in instilling strong yaqin in our hearts.

اللهم أكْرِمْنا بِالأَنْوارِ الْيَقِينِ وَ هَبْ لَنا نَصِيباً وافِراً مِنْ هذا الْيَقِين

Meaning: O Allah! Ennoble us with the light of yaqin and give us a large portion of it.

The above is a paraphrased extract of Sayyidil-Habib’s muhadhrah at Masjid Ba’alwi, Singapore, on 13 November 2014.  The full translated script was originally posted on our previous site: