It’s enough honour, nobleness, eminence and virtue for the Muslim servant’s name to be mentioned in the presence of Allah Ta’ala’s Chosen One SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. This is elucidated in the words of the one who said:
Truly he deserves to rise and go forward
He who is brought to his attention
And another said:
Welcome to the one in whose presence I do not deserve to be
The statement of the bringer of good news,
Foreboding and opening after despair
To you belong glad tiding so cast away that which is upon you
For you were mentioned despite your faults.
Sending prayers upon the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam is a means for the name of the person sending them to be presented to the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and having his name mentioned in his noble presence.
I call upon you, O Best of Creation
By whom Allah seated the Prophets and Messengers
The Prophet of guidance: were it not for you
I would not know any guidance
And were it not for you
The lawful and the unlawful I would not know
By Allah! Were it not for you
That which exists would not be
And the Merciful would not have created a part or a whole!
Al-Hafiz Rashid al-Din al-Attar:
O you who hope for recompense and reward
And expiation for past sins that weigh heavily on your back
See that you are assiduous in prayers
Upon Ahmad the Guide, the Intercessor of human kind
The best of Allah’s creation from Adam’s seed
And the purest scion and noblest pride
Authentic it is that Allah, Exalted in His Might
Sends ten prayers for the person who send one
So may Allah send prayers upon him as long as the dark night yearns
And the celestial bodies ascend the horizon at dawn!
O best of those whose bones are buried in the deep earth,
And from whose fragrance the depth
And the height have become sweet,
May I be the ransom for a grave which thou inhabit
And in which are found purity, bounty and munificence
You are the Prophet whose intercession is hoped for
And the Traverse when the feet slip.
Beloved who resides in the heart and is never absent
Your likeness is before my eyes and your mention is on my lips
Your abode is in my heart so to where will you disappear?
Indeed, you reside in a heart
A heart without needs for lamps
Indeed you visit the sick
He is living, filling the heart
I shall not forget him that I need to remember him
Despite his absence from my hearing and sight
He is in my heart, and so I behold him.
…from Sending Prayers Upon the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.