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Du’aa is not accepted until we send salawaat

Fatwaa ID: 1955

Question:
Assalaamu alaykum. Is it true that our duaas are not accepted until we send durood upon the prophet Muhammad s.a.w?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Sayyiduna ‘Umar (R) narrates,

الدُّعَاءَ مَوْقُوفٌ بَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالأَرْضِ ، لا يَصْعَدُ مِنْهُ شَيْءٌ حَتَّى تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى نَبِيِّكَ ﷺ
“The du’aa remains suspended between the heaven and the earth, nothing of it ascends, until you send salutations upon your Nabi ﷺ.” [Tirmidhi 486]

The scholars agree that this hadith is a strong encouragement to send salutations upon Nabi ﷺ when making du’aa. It is from the etiquettes. Nabi ﷺ instructed us to do so. It is a means of having one’s du’aas accepted. However, it is not a condition or a prerequisite. We find many instances where Nabi ﷺ and the Sahaabah (R) made du’aa but did not send salutations. This indicates that it is not a condition but something advisable.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

05/22/1445 AH – 12/06/2023 CE | AML1-8581

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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