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

Intentions for Visiting Brothers

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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.

Ramadhan Intentions by Al-Habīb Abu Bakr Al-‘Adny Bin ‘Ali Al-Masyhur (English-Arabic)

FullSizeRender (2)Ramadhan Intentions by Al-Habīb Abu Bakr Al-‘Adny Bin ‘Ali Al-Masyhur
  • We intend that which the Prophet ﷺ, the righteous predecessors from the noble family of the Prophet ﷺ and illustrious companions intended
  • We intend to fulfill the rights of the fast upon the way which is pleasing to the Divine All-Knowing Sovereign
  • We intend to be steadfast in the (tarāwīh) prayers and to guard our limbs from disobedience and wrongdoing
  • We intend to recite the Quran, do much Divine remembrance, recite prayers and salutations upon the Master of Creation
  • We intent to avoid backbiting, slandering, lying, and things which lead to disobedience
  • We intend to do much charity, to bring relief to widows, the poor and orphans
  • We intend to adhere to the etiquette of Islam perfectly
  • We intend to pray in congregation, on time consistently
  • We intend that which the righteous servants of Allāh intended in the first, middle and final ten days and the Night of Power and all other nights and days
May Allāh send his blessings and salutations upon our Master Muhammad ﷺ and his family and companions – بسرّ الفاتحة

نية رمضان بقلم سيدي الحبيب ابي بكر العدني بن علي المشهور
نوينا مانواه النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم والسلف الصالح من ال البيت الكرام والصحابه الاعلام ونوينا القيام بحق الصيام على الوجه الذي يرضي الملك العلام ونوينا المحافظه على القيام وحفظ الجوارح عن المعاصي والاثام ونوينا تلاوة القران وكثرة الذكر والصلاة والسلام على سيد الانام ونوينا تجنب الغيبه والنميمه والكذب واسباب الحرام ونوينا كثرة الصدقات ومواساة الارامل والفقراء والايتام ونوينا كمال الإلتزام بآداب الإسلام والصلاة في الجماعه في اوقاتها بانتظام ونوينا كل نية صالحة نواها عباد الله الصالحين في العشر الاوائل والأواسط والأواخر وليلة القدر في سائر الليالي والأيام وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم بسر الفاتحة