Fazail e Durood Shareef
by Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelvi (r.a)
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Translated and Edited By Shaykh Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias
I begin by praising Allaah and by invoking Him to shower His choicest Mercies and Peace upon His honourable Rasul (Messenger.)
All Praises are due to Allaah Who delivers all good to perfection by His grace. May He shower mercy and peace to the chief of all those present; the one who has stated, “It is without pride that I say that I am the guide of all the progeny of Aadam v.” May Allaah’s mercy be showered upon all of his family members, his companions and all those who follow him until the day of resurrection.
It is only through the compassion, mercy and favours of Allaah together with the love and attention of Allaah’s pious servants that several booklets discussing virtues have been written by the pen of an unworthy and sinful person as myself. This series has been included in the Tablighi programme at Nizaamuddeen and I have learnt from numerous letters from friends that they have proven to be extremely beneficial. None of this may be attributed to my unworthy self because, firstly, it is through the grace of Allaah. Secondly, it is due to the blessings of the pure words of Rasulullaah p, the translations of which appear in these booklets. Thirdly, it is due to the blessings of the pious servants of Allaah since it is through their requests that these booklets have been written. It is only through the compassion and grace of Allaah that the impurities of my impure self did not pose an obstacle to all of these blessings. O Allaah! All praises and all thanks are due to You. O Allaah! I cannot enumerate the praises due to You. You are as You have praised Yourself.
The very first booklet in this series was Fadhaa’ile Qur’aan (Virtues of the Qur’aan), which was written in 1348 A.H. upon the instruction of Hadhrat Shah Muhammad Yaaseen Naginwi *««,, who was a Khalifah of Sheikhul Mashaa’ikh Hadhrat Gangohi *i*-o. This has been stated in the foreword to the booklet. During his departing moments from this world,
Hadhrat Shah * *-, made a bequest apparent to his senior Khalifah Moulana Haaj Abdul Azeez that he hopes that the virtues of Durood can be compiled just as the virtues of the Qur’aan had been. After he had passed away, Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Azeez persistently reminded me to fulfil the bequest and I, despite my inability, always entertained the wish to have the honour of completing this.
Apart from Hadhrat Shah Sahib * <~», there had been several other personalities who insisted, but due to the awe that I felt for the leader of the worlds and the pride of the messengers Rasulullaah p, the fear kept prevailing over me that I should never write anything that would undermine his great status in any way. It was during the period of this procrastination that I had the opportunity to visit the Hijaaz area for the third time last year upon the insistence of Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Yusuf – >«-,. With the grace of Allaah, I then had the chance of performing Hajj for the fourth time. It was when I visited the pure city of Madinah after performing Hajj that the question kept plaguing my heart, asking me what the reason was for not writing about the virtues of Durood. Although I was able to content myself with various excuses, it was the constant niggling of the heart that made me resolve to Insha Allaah complete the work as soon as I returned from the journey.
Despite further delays upon returning home, the calling returned once more, and I am therefore starting the booklet with Allaah’s name after the Jumu’ah salaah on this 25 th day of Ramadhaan, which also happens to be the last Friday of Ramadhaan. May Allaah, through His grace and kindness, bring this project to fruition. May Allaah also through His kindness forgive all the shortcoming that appear in this booklet, the others in the series and all the Arabic books written previously.
I have decided to write this booklet with several chapters and a conclusion. The first chapter will discuss the virtues of Durood Shareef in general, the second will discuss the virtues of specific forms of Durood, the third will contain warnings sounded against not reciting Durood, the fourth will state various matters on the subject and the fifth will narrate anecdotes. May Allaah grant people greater fervour to recite Durood. By reading through this booklet, every person will realise what a tremendous wealth Durood Shareef really is and what a great loss will be suffered by those who are neglectful of it.