Sending al-Salat upon the Prophet

It is prescribed for him to intercede by sending salah upon the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, before he starts beseeching Allah for his needs, because sending salah upon the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is one of the most important intercessory means to be utilised before invoking Allah. It is reported in the Sunan books of hadith that Fudalah ibn Ubayd, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:

“If any one of you prays, he should commence by glorifying his Lord and praising Him; he should invoke peace and blessings on the Prophet and thereafter he should supplicate to Allah for anything he wishes.” (Recorded in Abu Dawud)

This supplication comes at the end of the salah after the greetings and the salah upon the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him; thereafter the slave has the choice and freedom to ask Allah for what he wants.

Inner Dimensions of the Prayer by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Pages 64-65