By Ahmed Ajikobi
Imam of Sheikh Kamaldeen Al-Adabiy mosque, Agbo-Oba, Ustaz Ahmad Katibi has charged Muslims to cultivate the habit of sending blessings to Prophet Muhammed (SAW) even as he said it was one of the practiced tradition of Allah (SWT) and the companions.
According to the Imam, the highly meritorious act of sending blessing on the Prophet (SAW) has not been prioritise and being overlooked by Muslims, adding that “the priceless act” must be made an habit as practiced and implemented by the companions of the prophet (SAW).
Katibi said the closest of people to the Prophet (SAW) on the Day of Resurrection will be those who send the most blessings to him.
Quoting hadith (traditions) of Umar ibn Al-Khattaab (ASW), who was the leader of the second Islamic caliphate, Katibi said “The dua is suspended between heaven and earth and none of it is taken up until you send blessings upon the Prophet (SAW).
He further said the act of sending blessings on the Prophet (SAW) is what Allah (SWT) encouraged and even said
He also added that Muslims must make it an integral part of their acts of worship and respect for the prophet.
Katibi spoke during a sermon (Khutba) shortly before the two- unit prayer to mark the Jumat service.
“This issue of sending blessings on the Prophet is of so much importance that in the Glorious Qur’an, Allah declared doing so Himself along with the angels and instructed the Muslims to do same.”
“If you send one blessing on Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Allah will reward you 100 times. Imagine the privilege of having blessings directly from Allah (SAW) Himself, who is the Lord of the worlds”, he added.
He urged Muslims to continue to pray that Allah should “take control of the situation in the country and for them to continue to seek help in patience and prayer as advised by Allah.