Praising Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him
I thank Allah the Lord of the worlds and I ask Him to raise the rank of Prophet Muhammad, his kind Al and companions.
Dear brothers in Islam,
To praise Prophet Muhammad in chanting solo or in a group is a good thing that Allah accepts and rewards for. Such an action is not a bad innovation as some claim. Only an ignorant innovator would refute it.
Praising Prophet Muhammad congregationally has been affirmed in two Hadiths, the first of which was narrated by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad from the saying of Anas, the son of Malik, that some people from Ethiopia chanted in the Prophet’s Mosque and said in their language: “Muhammad is a good slave of Allah”. When the Prophet asked what they are saying, it was said: they are saying: “Muhammad is a good slave of Allah”.
Praising Prophet Muhammad is a rewardable deed for it is considered as obedience to Allah the One who ordered us to glorify His Prophet. So by praising, glorifying and honouring Prophet Muhammad we are obeying Allah. This is in support of group chanting, and the solo chanting is supported by what Hafidh Ibn Hajar and As–Suyutiyy and others narrated that Al-^Abbas the son of ^Abdulmuttalib, Prophet Muhammad’s uncle said to our dear Prophet: “ I would like to praise you in some verses”. The Prophet said what means: “Say them, may Allah save your teeth”. So he went on saying some verses the last of which was:
“And when you were born the earth lit up and the horizons were enlightened by you”.
It is also permissible to use instruments such as the Duff (Tamborine) when chanting the praises of Prophet Muhammad. Ibn Majah narrated that Anas, the son of Malik said that: “the Prophet of Allah once as he was walking in the Madinah some young ladies were beating the Tambourine and chanting: “We are young women from the tribe of An-Najjar and how great it is to have a neighbour like Prophet Muhammad”. Prophet Muhammad replied: “Allah knows that I am pleased with you”. In his book Misbahuz-Zujajah the Hafidh al-Busiriyy has confirmed the Hadith and classified it as sahih.
Dear brothers in Islam, several Hadiths revealing the merit of making salawat upon the Prophet have been narrated. From these Hadiths is that which is narrated by An-Nasa’iyy whereby the Prophet peace be upon him said: “Those from my nation who sincerely make salah upon me will be rewarded ten times, their rank will be raised ten levels, will earn ten good deeds and ten bad deeds will be forgiven”.
The Prophet also said in a Hadith narrated by Imam Ahmad: “Make salah upon me for it is a purification for you and ask Allah for me to be granted al-Wasilah for it is the highest of levels in Paradise.