An authentic hadith regarding sending salah upon the Prophet ﷺ

مَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ وَاحِدَةً ، صَلَّى الله بِها عَلَيْهِ عَشْرًا

Whoever sends a single ṣalāh upon me, Allāh will send salutations and blessings upon him ten fold.

Narrator(s): Abu Hurayrah.

Reference: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim.


  • The meaning of “Whoever sends a single ṣalāh upon me” i.e. whoever seeks closeness to Allāh by saying:
    • “Sal Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam”
    • “Allāhumma ṣalli ‘alā Muḥammad kamā ṣallayta ‘alā ibrāhīma…” to the end of as-ṣalāh al-ibrāhīmiyyah;
    • or any other form of ṣalāh which is permitted.
  • The meaning of “Allāh sending ṣalāh upon the Prophet” is either:
    • Bestowing His mercy upon him.
    • Praising His prophet among the angels.
  • There is no limit to how many times a person should send ṣalāh upon the Prophet ﷺ, in fact an abundance of doing so indicates the love a person has for him.
  • A Muslim should send ṣalāh upon the Prophet ﷺ any time, and all the time; it is further emphasised to send ṣalāh upon him:
    • When his name is mentioned.
    • After the athān.
    • On Friday before Jumu’ah Prayer.
    • Whenever his name is mentioned.
    • After Tashahhud in ṣalāh. This is done by saying as-ṣalāh al-ibrāhīmiyyah.
    • When entering and leaving the Masjid.
    • In Du’ā, after praising Allāh.
    • In any sitting or gathering.
    • In the Janāzah prayer, after the 2nd Takbīr.

  Related Āyāt:

  • {Verily, Allāh sends salutations of praise upon the Prophet and His angels do as well. O you who believe, send ṣalāh upon him and salutations of peace} [33:56]

  Related narrations:

  • The Prophet ﷺ said, “Whenever one of you supplicates, he should begin by praising and extolling Allāh, then sending ṣalāh upon the Prophet ﷺ, thereafter he can supplicate for whatever he requires…” [At-Tirmidhī]
  • The Prophet ﷺ said, “The closest of the people to me on the Day of Resurrection are those who most often invoked blessings upon me.” [At-Tirmidhī]
  • Abul ‘Āliyah said, “Ṣalāh of Allāh upon His Prophet means: Allāh praising His Prophet among the angels in the higher abode.” [Al-Bukhārī]

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire and is the Imam of Masijd Sunnah.

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