| Aziz Idris |
THE State Mufti, Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, focused on the invocation of sending ‘Selawat’ (peace and blessing) to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during the first ‘Ceramah Kuliah Subuh Bersama Mufti’ (Dawn lecture with the Mufti) this year held after Subuh prayers at Suri Seri Begawan Raja Pengiran Anak Damit Mosque in Kampong Manggis/Madang yesterday.
The State Mufti emphasised that the matter of reciting the ‘Selawat’ is already known to all Muslims around the world and is one of the noble selfless act the Ummah can undertake.
However, it seems that worshippers recite the ‘Selawat’ without much knowledge on its importance and the benefits it reaps, said the State Mufti.
He reminded the congregants at the mosque that to recite the ‘Selawat’ upon the Prophet is very light and easy to perform, but the heart and tongue always forget that one can reap extra rewards far beyond this temporary world just from reciting it.
The State Mufti recited a tradition narrated by Sayyidina Umar bin al-Khatab, “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, I supplicate often, so how much of my supplication should I devote to you?’ He replied, ‘as you desire’. I said, ‘a quarter of it?’ he said ‘as you desire, but if you were to increase this, it would be better for you.’ I said, ‘half of it?’ he said, ‘as you desire, but if you were to increase this, it would be better for you.’ I said, ‘two-thirds of it?’ he said again, ‘as you desire, but if you were to increase this, it would be better for you.’ Finally I said, ‘and if I dedicate my supplication in its entirety to you?’ he said, ‘then your needs will be satisfied, and your sins forgiven’.”
Reciting the ‘Selawat’ is also a form of Doa (prayers). Therefore, those reciting it are not only praying but are also prayed for, he explained.
“The ‘Selawat’ is a good friend, a good form of clothing and can be a strong shield, but why is it not used?” said the State Mufti.
“If you have a lot of friends but none of them lead you to the right path, why be friends with those people? It is better to be ‘friends’ with the ‘Selawat’.
“The ‘Selawat’ has never disappointed the Ummah. The more it is recited, the more the benefits obtained and more intent achieved,” he explained.
Therefore, the State Mufti urged the Ummah to seize the opportunity and profit from reciting the ‘Selawat’ while we still can and while we are still young and healthy.
The State Mufti explained that the ‘Selawat’ is also a form of repentance to Allah the Almighty, or as a form of prayer to ask for His forgiveness.
According to the State Mufti, the ‘hukum’ of reciting the ‘selawat’ is only ‘Sunnat’.
However, in some instances, the ‘hukum’ will be ‘Wajib’, for example during prayers – in which the ‘Selawat’ is one of the tenets and without it our prayers would be less serene.