Mawlānā speaks about the wonderful benefits of sending prayers to the Prophet ﷺ: it sweetens your life, softens the troubles and pains of this world, brings you honour in the Divine Presence.
Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim
Allahumma Salli ala Muhammadin wa ala ‘aly Muhammadin wa Sallim
Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (qs), Sohbat from 1989
(Dhikr Allah) is the means to sweeten our lives. Whoever makes dhkir for Allah and recites salawat sharif for our Prophet, alaihi s-salatu wa s-salam, their lives and lifetimes will be both blessed and sweetened.
Whoever wants a blessed and a sweet life must hold their tongues from empty words. When one keeps oneself busy with empty and useless deeds, it impoverishes one. Moreover useless talking shortens life. It lessens the baraka of a lifetime. Dhikr Allah gives Baraka/blessing to your life. It gives health to your body. Therefore, busy yourselves with dhikr/remembrance of Allah as much as possible. Busy yourselves with reciting salatu salam to our Prophet too. Because when we say “la ilaha illa Llah”, we go to His Presence saying “Muhammadun Rasulullah”. La ilaha ill Llah. When we make dhikr of Janabul Haqq we say “Muhammadun Rasulullah”. We will greet him too, with salatu salam. Janab Allah will not accept the tawhid of those who don’t say Muhammadun Rasulullah. Whoever says “La ilaha illa Llah” must continue with “Muhammadun Rasulullah” (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam).
Because in the Divine Diwan/court of Janabul Haqq there is no one else who can reach to the station of our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam). Janab Allah has granted the highest honour to our Prophet, to whom He said “My Habib”, My beloved one. The highest honour belongs to him. He is the greatest. Among all creation, there is no one greater than him, more honourable than him, more valuable and more worthy than him. Just as he is valuable in Janab Allah’s Presence, he is high, honourable and glorious, so Allah wants His servants to keep the Prophet like this. That is why as much as you honour our Prophet, Janabul Haqq is that much pleased by your honouring, presenting your respect and admiration to our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam). There is no limit for this.
We are ahlu sunnah wal jamaa. Upon sunnah; both our belief and our religious practice depends on ahl as-sunnah wal jamma, inshaAllahu r-Rahman. So to what extent can we honour our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam)? Apart from naming him as God, except calling him God, you can honour him as much as you like. Don’t call him Allah. Christians were confused to accept their Prophet as God and to make people accept him as God. They fell into the wrong way, they went astray. Jews didn’t show the necessary respect for their prophet, so they became “maghdubun alayhim” (1:7). “Maghdubun alayhim” Divine Wrath descended on them.
We are Muslims. All deeds of Muslims, all religious beliefs, all practices are reasonable, reliable and correct. So how much can you show your respect to our Prophet? Do as much as you can but don’t call him God like the Christians call their prophet, God. But do call him the greatest – among created beings he is the highest, the most beloved, the most valuable one. His greatness cannot be known completely even by prophets, awliyas and campanions. Only Janabul Haqq knows the greatness given to our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam). This is why Allah wants: “Whenever My Name is mentioned let your name be mentioned too, O My Habib.” This is what Allah wants. So whoever makes dhikr for Allah let him recite salatu salam for our Prophet also. Dhikr is glorifying Janab Allah. Salatu salam is to honour our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam).
As much as you can recite it relieves you from the troubles of the material world. Relief/joy is given to your spirituality, and the Divine Breath of Al Haqq, life is blown to your being. You may discover a different state. So take this into consideration! Keep the daily dhikr and salatu salam of our Prophet properly if you want comfort, peace, happiness, and a sweet life.
Otherwise you cannot get it by money. Money doesn’t sweeten life. Don’t be a fool! Those are the words of a fool! Don’t think that people have a sweet life when they have lots of money. It is faulty judgement, it is foolishness, to think like that. No! Whose life is sweet? Whoever makes more dhikr, whoever recites more salatu salam to the Prophet, their lives become sweet. Not the ones who have a lot of money. Come to your senses! O believers! Say Allah! Recite salatu salam on the Prophet. It sweetens, softens and beautifies life. There will be nothing to hurt you. Thorns won’t hurt strongly, but pass by gently. By Divine Will thorns will be passed over softly and won’t hurt. They will be softened. Say Allah! May Peace be upon the Prophet!
Bi hurmati l-Habib bi hurmati l-Fatiha.