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The most severely tested people on the planet are all the Prophets.

They went against the accepted conventional wisdom and spoke freely and truthfully to try and help their respective communities to the right path. 

Often their advances were rejected and the Prophets were ostracized and ridiculed for their beliefs. Just image the mental torment of being disrespected by your closest colleagues and family. This is what all the Prophet’s had to endure so that we may be guided and saved in the afterlife.

In Surah Imran, Allah’s says to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) in ayat 184:

“Then if they deny you, [O Muhammad] – so were messengers denied before you, who brought clear proofs and written ordinances and the enlightening Scripture.”

We should be thankful to all of Allah’s Prophets and send our salutations their way. Doing so is among the most virtuous acts and inshallah our status will be elevated.

In this article, we’ll explore the popular allahumma salli ala dua dua which the Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) himself recommended to send blessings towards him. 

allahumma salli ala muhammad arabic text

In arabic text this dua is written:

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ

Transliteration to help with the pronunciation of this dua:
Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin, kama sallayta ‘ala Ibrahima, innaka Hamidun Majid; Allahumma barik ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin, kama barakta ‘ala Ibrahima, innaka Hamidun Majid

There are slightly different versions of this dua depending on the hadith narration read, this variation is from Sunan Ibn Majah book 5 hadith 957 and is graded as Sahih by Darussalam.

It was narrated that Hakam said: “I heard Ibn Abi Laila say: ‘Ka’b bin ‘Ujrah met me and said: “Shall I not give you a gift? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came out to us and we said: ‘We know what it means to send greetings on you, but what does it mean to send peace and blessings upon you?’ He then recited the dua above. 

Allahumma Salli Ala dua in english

The translation of this dua is “O Allah, send your grace, honour and mercy upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, as You sent Your grace, honour and mercy upon Ibrahim, You are indeed Praiseworthy, Most Glorious. O Allah, send Your blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as You sent Your blessings upon Ibrahim, You are indeed Praiseworthy, Most Glorious”

What Surah can this dua be found in?

There is no mention of this dua in the Quran. This is strictly a dua which is mentioned in numerous different hadees.

Importance of sending Blessings to the Prophet

In Surah Ahzab ayat 56 Allah says,

“Allah sends His Salat (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy, etc.) on the Prophet (Muhammad SAW) and also His angels too (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salat on (ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad SAW), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting (salutation i.e. AsSalamu ‘Alaikum).”

In this verse Allah directly send a message to all his believers to make prayer to Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). This is not in the sense of worship as that is inconceivable and is for Allah alone but in the sense of sending your love and prayer for mercy.

In the Tafheem Ul Quran it is said regarding Surah Ahzab ayat 56,

Allah’s sending His blessings on His Prophet, means this: Allah is very kind to His Prophet (peace be upon him): He praises him, blesses his work, exalts his name, and showers His mercy on him. Blessings of the angels, means: They love the Prophet (peace be upon him) most dearly and pray to Allah to bless him with the highest ranks, cause his religion and Shariah to flourish and exalt him to the laudable position. One can clearly see from the context, why this thing has been said here. This was the time when the enemies of Islam were making all sorts of false allegations against the Prophet (peace be upon him) in order to satisfy their jealousy on the success of faith. By sullying him, they thought they would destroy his moral influence through which Islam and the Muslims were gaining more and more ground every day. Such were the conditions when Allah sent down this verse, as if warn the people: “However hard the disbelievers and the hypocrites and the polytheists might try to vilify and slander My Prophet (peace be upon him) with a view to frustrating his mission, they are bound to suffer disgrace and humiliation in the end, for I am kind to him, and the angels, who are administering the entire universe, are his supporters and admirers.

We will continue to support the Messenger of Allah and stay spreading his message. Our support is shown through our actions and words and the recitation of the allahumma salli ala dua is a sign of our dedication to this beautiful religion.