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Du’aa is not accepted until we send salawaat

Fatwaa ID: 1955

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

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

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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