Am I Wasting A Good Opportunity?

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// May 9th, 2007 // Blog

This entry on Islam Q&A, has reminded me of an old question.

First, read this:

Ubayy said: I said: O Messenger of Allāh, I send blessings upon you a great deal; how much of my prayer (du'aa') should be for you?

He said: “Whatever you wish.”

I said: One quarter?

He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”

I said: Half?

He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”

I said: Two thirds?

He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”

I said: Should I make all my du'aa' for you?

He said: “Then your concerns will be taken care of and your sins will be forgiven.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2457); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi

Since discovering this hadith a long time ago, i have always wondered: Does this mean that the best thing i can do, is durood? I mean, not ask Allāh for anything specifically in my prayers, like good health, or “please help so-n-so”, just leave the concerns in my heart, and then send sincere salaat & salaam upon Rasoolallah, sallalahu 'alayhi wa salam?

The explanation of the hadith in the fatwa above seems to suggest that:

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allāh have mercy on him) said in Jala' al-Afhaam (79): Our Shaykh Abu 'Abbaas (i.e., Ibn Taymiyah) was asked about the meaning of this hadeeth. He said: Ubayy ibn Ka'b had a du'aa' that he used to say for himself, and he asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) whether he should make one-quarter of it sending blessings on him, and he said … because whoever sends blessings on the Prophet, Allāh will send blessings on him tenfold, and if Allāh sends blessings on a person He will take care of his concerns and forgive him his sins.

It says in Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi: “how much of my prayer (du'aa') should be for you?” means: how much instead of my du'aa' for myself. This was stated by al-Qaari. Al-Mundhiri said in al-Targheeb: What it means is: I say a lot of du'aa'; how much of my du'aa' should I make sending blessings on you? I said: Should I make all my du'aa' for you? i.e., should I devote all the time that I used to spend in saying du'aa' for myself to sending blessings on you?

“Then your concerns will be taken care of and your sins will be forgiven” – concerns means everything that a person seeks in this world and in the Hereafter. What it means is: if you spend all the time of du'aa' in sending blessings on me, you will be given what you hope for in this world and in the Hereafter. End quote.

So, doesn't this then mean, i shouldn't “waste time” with 'normal' prayers? If this is the case, why don't the shaykhs tell us all this from day one? Like, really tell us… not just suggest, but highly recommend above all things? Is this not a widely accepted opinion? Did the other companions, radiallahu anhuma, do this?

Can someone please clarify this for me?! Jazakallah khair.

13 Responses to “Am I Wasting A Good Opportunity?”

  1. Alefyah says:

    I am not a scholar so I cannot comment on this. My personal view is that you can pray in all different combinations, for urself, for others, for Our beloved prophet or not even ask explicit help from Allah, because He is all knowing, He knows what’s in your heart before you even say it.

    This hadith shows how much Allah Taala loves our beloved prophet that when we pray for our prophet, Allah Taala in turn loves us.

    It shouldn’t be used as a signal NOT to pray otherwise.

    *THESE ARE MY VIEWS-A COMMON MUSLIM SO DO PLS VERIFY*

  2. Sumera says:

    I dont think reciting durood negates any other kinds of prayers, but simply emphasises that sending salaam on the Prophet (saw) is a blessing in itself as it demonstrates our love for him and in turn Allah (swt) rewards us for this. So basically durood is encouraged. We of course have the example from the Prophet (saw) himself where he would make supplications of various kinds. We used to recite durood upon the Prophet (saw), collectively after prayers and they still do so at the mosque local to me.

    The same way we have the examples of the rewards inherent in the Tahajjud prayer, but it doesn’t state this prayer to be above all the others, nor to be used as a replacement. But simply a beneficial and highly rewarded – the last part of the night being where Allah (swt) seeks out those who forsake sleep in worship for Him. So its an additional prayer you can perform :) And thats how I understand the durood shareef also.

  3. iMuslim says:

    Salaams,

    I agree with both of you that the hadith i quoted does not negate the validity of all the other established, traditional practices of making dua – but doesn’t this:

    I said: Should I make all my du’aa’ for you?
    He said: “Then your concerns will be taken care of and your sins will be forgiven.”

    make you wonder, whether the BEST thing to do, is just send salaat and salaam on Rasoolallah, sallalahu ‘alayhi wa salam, during all your personal prayer time? So all the other forms of dua are valid, and acceptable, but this is the most rewarding form of dua?
    That is what i’m confused about. Cos if this is the best form of dua, why bother with anything else? But as i haven’t actually heard anyone say that explicitly, it makes me wonder…

    May Allah guide us! Ameen.

    Wa’salam

  4. AnonyMouse says:

    As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barkaatu,

    I’m in the middle of reading this AWESOME book by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi – Du’aa: The Weapon of the Believer.

    I think you should really read it… you’d love it, and there’s sooooo much to learn from it!!!
    Insha’Allah I’ll try to type up some notes from it and post them on MuslimMatters later today or by tomorrow, latest… and hopefully they’ll help answer the question…

    (I’d leave a longer response, but don’t have the time right now!)

    -Mouse

  5. iMuslim says:

    Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    Umm… i think i may actually have that book! Is it white & purple? It was really good, mashallah… i can’t remember it talking about this, though it has been a while since i last read it. I’ll look it up tonight, inshallah.

    Jazakallah for the reminder. :)

    Wa’salam

  6. AnonyMouse says:

    Yep, that’s the one! :)

  7. Amatullah says:

    iMuslim, Allahu ‘alam about your question…we should send salaat and salaam on the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam, but just look to the Qur’an and Sunnah–the best adiya are the ones from the Qur’an and Sunnah and Rasul Allah salAllahu alayhi wa sallam made duaa for himself in times of need, as well as for the whole ummah, the companions also made duaa for themselves as well. I understand where you’re coming from but Allah azza wa jal says in the Qur’an (english interpretation): make duaa to Me and I will respond to you. Allah ta’ala also says that those who do not call upon Me will enter hellfire in humiliation.
    I think I remember hearing that the companions would make duaa in sujood for Allah ta’ala to fix their sandals!

    We should send salaam on the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam as well as make duaa to Allah azza wa jal for all of our needs; even though He Knows them.

    wa Allahu ta’ala ‘alam, this is just what i understood from the book and audio set, but the best thing to do is ask your local Imam bi’ithnillahi ta’ala.

  8. iMuslim says:

    Jazakallah Amatullah :)

    But just one small point… sending salaat & salaam upon Rasoolallah, sallalahu ‘alayhi wa salam, is in itself a dua. I mean, dua is simply a request to Allah, right?

    A simple durood: Allahumma salli wa salim ‘ala nabiyinna Muhammadin
    Translates as: Oh Allah, send prayers and peace upon the prophet Muhammad.

    That is a request, a dua. The hadith suggests it is the best form of dua… anyway, i will have to ask someone qualified… i was just hoping someone else had the same question once, and knew the answer already. :)

    I don’t actually know any shaykhs, personally… :(

  9. Look at it this way: you’ve got 24 hours in the day, send your prayers on the Prophet and do what else you gotta do. Thikr polishes the heart. Remember to glorify Allah too throughout the day, when you’re on the train, stuck in traffic or just can’t get to sleep.

    Don’t stress yourself out ;)

  10. iMuslim says:

    Stress?

    STRESS?

    WHO SAYS I’M STRESSED??

    !!!!!!!!!!! I’M PERFECTLY CALM !!!!!!!!!!!

    ;)

  11. AnonyMouse says:

    I asked my dad your question, and he said that no, it doesn’t mean that you should abandon making du’aa for yourself (or others)… rather, that the Hadith simply emphasizes how much we ought to remember to say the durood, ‘cuz it’s such a rewarding act; however we should not stop making du’aa for ourselves in whatever we need.

    So yeah… hopefully that helps… :)

  12. iMuslim says:

    Jazakallah! It does. :)

    xxx

  13. Abd- Allah says:

    Assalamu Alaykum
    This is a few years late, but here is my input:
    To understand this hadeeth, we need to have a wholesome understanding of Islam and a lot of knowledge of other ahadeeth to know what this hadeeth means in context with the others. From my limited knowledge, I know of another hadeeth that says every du’a is covered (mahjuub) until peace and blessings are sent upon the prophet peace be upon him. So if I was to make a du’a, and in that du’a include ALL the following:
    1) praising and glorifying Allah
    2) asking Allah to forgive my sins
    3) asking Allah for WHATEVER I need
    4) sending peace and blessings on the prophet and asking Allah to give him the waseela and fadeela and maqam mahmoud and highest level in Jannah

    Then by doing ALL of the above, I have accomplished everything, including making that du’a count as a du’a for the prophet peace be upon him, and this is what I understand from the above hadeeth when the prophet peace be upon him told that companion that if he was to make all his du’a for him then your concerns will be taken care of and your sins will be forgiven. Meaning, every du’a you make, if you include in it sending peace and blessings to the prophet and asking Allah to give him the highest level in Jannah, along with asking Allah for your own needs, then that would count as a du’a for the prophet peace be upon him, and Allah knows best. This is how I personally understand this hadeeth, but I might be totally wrong, so I’m going to try and ask a scholar about it, and I will post the answer here later, insha’Allah.

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