Someone from Salaf (as-Sâlihîn) relates: One of my friends, with whom I was learning hadîth, died. In my dream, I saw him wearing green garments of Paradise. When I asked its reason, he said, “I would write ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ near Rasûlullah’s name that I saw in every hadîth. Allahu ta’âlâ rewarded that deed of mine with this.”
Again someone from Salaf (as-Sâlihîn) relates: One of my neighbors, who was a clerk, died. I saw him in my dream and asked him how Allahu ta’âlâ had treated him. He told me that Allahu ta’âlâ had forgiven him. When I asked its reason he said, “For, every time when I wrote Rasûlullah’s name, I wrote the words ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ next to it.”
Abû Sulaiman Dârâni relates: When I was writing hadîth, I would write “sall-Allâhu ’alaih,” however I wouldn’t write “wa sallam” after stating the blessed name of our Prophet. I saw him in my dream. He asked, “O Abâ Sulaiman! When you write my name in hadîth, write also “wa sallam” with the salât. It consists of four letters. There are ten rewards for each letter. If you don’t write, it means that you give up forty rewards.” There was another person having the same habit. Rasûlullah said to him in his dream, “What happened to you that you do not completely write the salât on me?”
Abû Bakr-i Siddiq said, “Let those who fear losing their memory recite many salawâts on Rasûlullah.”
Muhammad bin Said Mutarrif, one of the notables of devoted Muslims relates: I would recite a certain amount of salawâts when I was going to bed every night. One night, I saw Rasûlullah in my dream. He came in. My room was filled with nûr. Then he approached me and said, “Let me kiss your mouth with which you recite many salawâts on me.” However I felt ashamed to extend my mouth. Then I extended my cheek. He kissed with his blessed mouth. I awoke with dread. My room was filled with the smell of musk. The scent on my cheek did not remove for eight days.
When Hallad bin Kathîr, one of the prominent Salaf (as-Sâlihîn), passed away; a piece of paper was found under his head. Written on the paper was, “It is Hallad bin Kathîr’s warrant of salvation from Hell.” Then they asked his relatives what his deed was. They said, “He used to recite salawât every Friday.”
In Sheikh Aynî’s book Zaynu’l-Majalis, it is written: “On the Day of Judgment, except for three groups of people, there will be no shade under the Arsh.” When he was asked who they are, our Prophet “sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam” said, “Those who resolve the problems of my Community, those who revive my sunnat and those who recite many salawâts on me.”
Sheikh Abû Mûsâ relates: We had been caught by a hurricane at sea. Everybody was crying with the fear of death. At that time I fell asleep. I saw Rasûl-i akram in my dream. He ordered me to inform those with me in the ship to recite, one thousand times, “Allâhumma salli ’alâ sayyidinâ Muhammadin wa ’alâ âli sayyidinâ Muhammad, salâtan tunjînâ bihâ min jamî’il ahwâli wal-âfât wa takdî lanâ bihâ jamî’al hâjât wa tutahhirunâ bihâ min jamî’is-sayyiât wa tarfa’unâ bihâ indaka a’lad-darajât wa tuballigunâ bihâ aksal-gâyât min jamî’il hayrâtî fil-hayâti wa ba’dal mamât.” We hadn’t even finished three hundred, when the storm began to calm down and finally we were out of danger. It was recommended that this salât should be recited during every important action and for every trouble, in calamities and earthquakes. There are more than forty hadîths in reliable books about how the salât should be. Some of them are as follows:
Allâhumma salli ’alâ Muhammadin wa ’alâ âli Muhammad, kemâ sallayta ’alâ Ibrâhîma wa ’alâ âli Ibrâhîm, wa bârik alâ Muhammadin wa alâ âli Muhammad, kemâ bârakta alâ Ibrâhîma wa ’alâ âli Ibrâhîm, innaka hamîdun majîd.
Allâhumma salli wa sallim wa bârik warham alâ sayyidinâ Muhammadin huwa sayyid-ul Arabi wal Ajam wa imâmi Makkat-il mukarramati wal Madînat-il munawwarati wal haram. Allam-al insâne mâlam ya’lam.
Asluhu nûrun wa nasluhu Âdam. Ba’suhu muahharun wa halkuhu mukaddam.
Ismuh-ush sharîfu maktûbun alal Lawh-il mahfûzi biyâkût-il kalam.