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References for writing the salutations

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I am seeking the references for these please. JazakAllah khayran.

1.) Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ʿanhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said : “For whoever writes Salutation on me in a book, the angels continue to pray for mercy on him for as long as my name remains in that book.”

2.) Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ʿanhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said : “Whosoever conveys in writing any facts of knowledge from me, and writes salutation on me, shall continue to receive its reward for as long as that book continues to be read.”

3.) Sayyiduna Ibn Abbas (radiyallahu ʿanhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said : “Whoever writes salutation on me in a book shall continue to receive reward for as long as my name remains in that book.”

Answer

1) The narration of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ʿanhu) is recorded by Imam Tabarani in his Al-Mu’jamul Kabir, as well as Imams Abush Shaykh & Daylami in their respective works. (See Tadribur Rawi, vol.2 pg.19-20)

2) The narration of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ʿanhu) is recorded by Imam Ibn ‘Adiy in Al-Kamil.

3) The narration of Sayyiduna Ibn Abbas (radiyallahu ʿanhuma) is recorded by Imam Isbahani in his “Targhib” (See Tadribur Rawi, vol.2 pg.20)

4) There is a version of Sayyidah ‘Aishah (radiyallahu’anha) recorded by Imam Abu Nu’aym in Tarikh Isbahan; see Tadribur Rawi, vol.2 pg.20.

However, the popular view among the Muhaddithun is that this is actually the statement of Sayyiduna Ja’far As-Sawdiq (rahimahullah) and should rather be attributed to him.

(Targhib, vol. 1 pg.111, Jila-ul Afham, pg.56. Also see: Al-Qawlul Badi’, pg.484 )

The writer concurs with this view.

For a detailed discussion on the ettiquette of writing salutations upon Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), see here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar