Shalawat Al Fatih – Reading blessings is a worship activity that is favored by Allah SWT because it praises the Prophet Muhammad SAW. While shalawat itself means a form of worship to Allah Ta’ala, which means giving praise to the Prophet Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.
Meanwhile, the term shalawat is our way of praying for the Prophet and his family to always be blessed with blessings and prosperity. Reading blessings has many benefits. Getting the intercession of the Prophet Muhammad in the hereafter is one of the benefits of prayer.
As in the word of Allah SWT in the Qur’an Qur’an Surah Al Ahzab verse 56, namely:
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَمَلَٰٓئِكَتَهُۥ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى ٱ lo
Innallāha wa malā`ikatahụ yuṣallụna ‘alan-Nabiyy, yā ayyuhallażīna āmanụ ṣallụ ‘alaihi wa sallimụ taslīmā
Meaning: “Indeed, Allah and His angels pray for the Prophet. O you who believe, pray for the Prophet and salute him.” (QS. al-Ahzab: 56)
There are various kinds of blessings, namely Jibril’s blessings, Nahdliya prayers, blessings, Syifa’s prayers, Nariyah’s prayers and others. Of the many prayers that are quite popular, here we will discuss the prayers of Al Fatih. This sholawat was made by Al-‘Arif al-Kabir Sayyid Muhammad al-Bakri. According to him, the virtue of Fatih’s prayer is that it can help erase sins and make it easier to enter heaven.
This sholawat is often read in various sholawat recitations at every opportunity. This shalawat has many benefits and as the name implies, is expected to be a ware to Allah SWT. If we have deadlocks and life problems, then we should draw closer to Allah SWT by reading this prayer of Al Fatih, hopefully we will be given smoothness and resolution.
Reading Shalawat Al Fatih
Shalawat that we need to know and the most important thing is to get the intercession of the Prophet Muhammad SAW later on the Day of Judgment. What we desire as Muslims is to receive the intercession of the Prophet Muhammad SAW because this is the way for us as Muslims to enter the paradise of Allah SWT.
The intercession of Rasulullah SAW is very important because it is the ticket to enter the paradise of Allah SWT. The content in the sholawat is about supplication, praise, and prayer to the Prophet Muhammad and his family, the aim is to get blessings from Allah SWT. Shalawat Al Fatih means “door opener (‘arsh).” Because there are many benefits of this prayer, it is necessary to know the correct reading of the Al Fatih prayer.
The following is the recitation of Al Fatih’s prayers in Arabic and Latin writing, complete with their meanings in Indonesian, namely:
اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى سَيِّدِ نَا مُحَمَّدٍنِ الْفَاتِحِ لِمَا اُغْلِقَ وَالْخَاتِمِ لِمَا سَبَقَ وَالنَّاصِرِ الْحَقَّ بِالْحَقِّ وَالْهَادِي اِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيْمٍ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَعَلَى اٰلِهِ وَأَصْحَابِهِ حَقَّ قَدْ رِهِ وَمِقْدَارِهِ الْعَظِيْمِ
Allahumma shalli wa sallim wa barik ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadinil Fatihi lima ughliqo, wal khotimi lima sabaqo, wan nashiril bil haqqi, wal hadi ila shiratil mustaqim (some read ‘shiratal mustaqim’). Shallallahu ‘alaihi, wa ‘ala alihi, wa asabihi haqqa qadrihi wa miqdarihil ‘azhim.
Meaning: “O Allah, bestow blessings, greetings, and blessings on our lord, Prophet Muhammad SAW, opening what is locked, closing what has been, defender of the right with the right, and guidance to the straight path. May Allah bestow blessings upon him, his family and his companions with the right of great rank and position.”
The Virtue of Shalawat Al Fatih According to Scholars
The recitation of Al Fatih’s prayer is quoted from the Malay Perukunan book. In the book there are quotes from Sheikh Al-Arif Al-Kubra where reading the Al Fatih sholawat has many virtues, namely as follows:
1. Forgiveness of sins by Allah SWT that we have ever done
If we want to erase his sins then read Al Fatih’s sholawat at every opportunity.
2. Alleviate every problem faced
If we face problems then Allah SWT will eliminate all the problems that are being experienced in life.
3. Eliminate anxiety
In our restless minds and hearts, Allah SWT will remove the restlessness that is in our minds and hearts. Some scholars recommend reading Sholawat Fatih so that the mind becomes calm.
4. Happiness in this world and in the hereafter
Reading Sholawat Fatih is also believed to bring happiness in the world and the hereafter. Life in the world and its sustenance is expected to be smooth. Then it will also be made easy when death picks up and gets happiness in the afterlife.
5. Died in a state of husnul khotimah
When we die, may we be killed in a state of husnul khotimah by Allah SWT. This is the death that every Muslim dreams of.
6. Stay away from hellfire
The virtue of Sholawat Fatih next is that we are free from the torment of hell fire. According to some scholars, reading Sholawat Fatih at least once in a lifetime then that person will be free from the fires of hell.
He mentioned some kind of benefit that could be obtained if he recited Al Fatih’s shalawat.
“Sykh Al-Arif Al-Kubra said, ‘Whoever reads this prayer once in his life, Allah Ta’ala will protect him from the fire of hell and make husnul khatimah obligatory for him,”
7. Bring guidance
Hidayah is a gift from Allah SWT, one of which is reading Sholawat Fatih. According to some scholars, whoever recites Sholawat Fatih for 40 consecutive days, his heart will be moved to repent for all the sins he has committed in this world.
8. The reward is equivalent to 10,000 prayers
Some scholars also believe that reading Sholawat Fatih can produce expensive results. According to these scholars, the reward for reading one prayer at Fatih is the same as the reward for reading 10,000 other prayers. In fact, some people believe that the reward is as high as 600,000 times.
9. Meet the Prophet Muhammad SAW in the afterlife
The dream of every Muslim really wants to have time to meet and gather with the Prophet Muhammad SAW. According to some scholars, reading Sholawat Fatih 1000 times on Thursday/Friday night or Monday night will make it easier to meet the Prophet Muhammad SAW.
10. Erases 400 years of sins
Reading Sholawat Fatih 100 times on Friday night is believed to erase 400 years of sins. This virtue is of course highly coveted by every Muslim.
The Right Time To Read Sholawat Al Fatih
The right time to read shalawat Al Fatih is to read it after the five daily prayers. More precisely when reading tahlil spirits and when praying and other worship activities. As for Shaykh Muhammad al-Budairi al-Qudsi, he recommends reading this shalawat after reading al-Musabbi’at al-Ashr (ten readings read seven times).
Among them are Ayat Kursi, Al-Fatihah, Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, An-Naas, Al-Kafirun, tasbih tahmid tahlil takbir hauqalah, shalawat Ibrahimiyah, and prayer. The benefits of Sholawat Al Fatih are getting protection from the dangers in the world.
The Story Behind the Creator Sholawat Fatih
Sayyid Muhammad al-Bakri or better known as Sayyid Bakri is the creator of Al Fatih’s prayer. He is one of the descendants of Sayyidina Abu Bakar As-Shiddiq, a friend and father-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.
Sayyid Bakri is a descendant of Abu Bakr who cannot be separated from the Prophet’s prayer for Abu Bakr when he wholeheartedly accompanied the Prophet to the Tsur Cave when he was being chased by the Quraysh infidels. At that time, Abu Bakr guarded the Prophet Muhammad from the stings of wild animals such as snakes. He covered the holes in the cave with his clothes.
There remains one small hole that has not been closed. Finally, he closed the hole with his thumb. Caves are usually inhabited by venomous and wild animals, such as snakes, scorpions and other venomous animals. Abu Bakr’s thought was right, the hole he closed with his thumb was inhabited by snakes. Abu Bakr’s thumb was bitten by a snake, another tradition mentions a scorpion.
The pain endured by Abu Bakr was unstoppable until his body trembled, sweat pouring down. Actually, the pain was unbearable but he still thought not to disturb the sleeping Prophet Muhammad, who was resting.
Habib Luthfi bin Yahya in his book A Glimmer of Ink: The Relationship of a Servant with the Creator (2014: 43) reveals that after the Prophet Muhammad woke up and knew what was happening to Abu Bakr, the Prophet prayed for Abu Bakr. There the Prophet Muhammad recited Surah Al-Fatihah.
After reading Surah Al-Fatihah, Sayyidina Abu Bakr’s swollen thumb finally recovered. Habib Lutfi also revealed the words of the Prophet Muhammad to Abu Bakr: “Abu Bakr, you will die a martyr because of this incident and your descendants will become martyrs.”
Prophet Muhammad’s prayer for Abu Bakr was proven. Habib Lutfi gave an example of the two descendants of Abu Bakr, namely Sayyid Syekh Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi and Sayyid Bakri who had Shalawat Fatih.
Advice to Read Prayer Begins with Sholawat
Then, if you have a question, what if you pray praising the name of Allah SWT, but don’t recite prayers on the Prophet Muhammad SAW? It would be better, if we pray to Allah SWT by reading blessings on the Prophet Muhammad SAW so that our prayers are heard and granted by Allah SWT.
Meanwhile, Prophet Adam AS only said the name Muhammad SAW in prayer even though at that time the Prophet Muhammad SAW had not yet been born but Prophet Adam saw the name of Prophet Muhammad SAW on the Throne side by side with the name Allah SWT. So that our prayers are accepted by Allah SWT, we should pray in a polite manner and in accordance with Islamic rules, namely starting by praising the name of Allah SWT, then continuing by reciting sholawat with a sincere heart and not in a hurry.
Prayers that are performed by praising the name of Allah SWT but do not recite a sholawat for the glory of the Prophet Muhammad SAW, it is considered that the person who is praying is in a hurry and is not really in a state of concentration. Which means that the person prioritizes his worldly desires rather than getting closer to Allah and Rasulullah SAW.
This very unfortunate incident is in accordance with the statement of Rasulullah SAW that ; “He heard that someone was praying praising the name of Allah but without reciting a prayer, the Prophet said that the person was in a hurry.” The following are the words of the Prophet Muhammad about prayer “For those who read blessings on me even just once, Allah SWT will repay you ten times and ten degrees.” (HR. Muslim: 408 and has been stated by Imam bukhari in adabul Mufrad, Ibn abu Syaibah, Ismaili and sanad ma’lul).”
That is why Allah ta’ala sent down a mercy, a forgiveness, a great reward for anyone who reads sholawat. This is the word of Allah SWT in the Qur’an Surah Al Ahzab verse 56 about prayers to the Prophet Muhammad SAW, namely as follows:
اِنَّ اللّٰهَ وَمَلٰۤىِٕكَتَهٗ يُصَلُّوْنَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّۗ يٰٓاَيُّcrib
Meaning: “Indeed, Allah and his angels pray for the Prophet. O you who believe, always pray for the Prophet Muhammad and pay homage to him.” (QS. Al-Ahzab: 56)
Shalawat is to uphold and glorify the Prophet Muhammad SAW so that Muslims remember that he is the last Prophet who must be glorified until the end of time.
Shalawat is a prayer that runs on true goodness and truth to remind all Muslims in the world that Allah is the only God, the creator of nature and the Messenger of Allah is the last messenger of Allah SWT until the Day of Judgment arrives.
Rasulullah SAW is a figure that we must glorify through blessings so that he becomes a role model for all mankind, especially Muslims. What we as Muslims need to watch out for is an absurd incident, namely the emergence of a heretical sect claiming to be the god of the universe who incarnates as a human being.
There are also those who claim to be the incarnation of the Prophet after the Prophet Muhammad SAW, therefore reading sholawat is the best way to confirm and strengthen one’s faith in the belief in the existence of Allah SWT who is actually real and believes in the hadiths of the Prophet that the Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet until the end of time.
Every sholawat in Islam has its own virtues. One of them is the prayer of Al Fatih, which has a lot of virtues especially being able to alleviate a problem faced by a Muslim. Therefore, it is recommended to read the Al Fatih sholawat regularly.
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Author: Yufi Cantika Sukma Divine
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