In the Name of God; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
“Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet, O you who believe! send your blessings on him, and solute him a thorough salutation”. (33:56) One of the best ways to know the personality of great men is to study their literature and listen to their words. As Imam Ali states in Nahjul-Balagha : "Man is hidden behind his tongue” meaning by our words we introduce ourselves not with our certificates.
Different people according to their job use different jargons. Politicians have their own jargons, as physicians do, as drivers do etc. The jargon of truck drivers are different from professors. Therefore, when people talk you can more or less depending on your skills in this field tell which class of society they belong to.
Today, being the birthday anniversary of Imam Reda (a.s.) I would like to present to you a very fragrant flower from the garden of Imam Reda (a.s), i.e. a word of wisdom from him. The Hadith is regarding the meaning of Salawat, something that we every day offer many times. However, many of us may not know enough if any about the significance of it.
First of all lets read the Hadith:
Sheikh Sadouq one of our distinguishing Olama` who was living in the 4th century AH has written a book named ‘Oyoun-Akhbarul-Reda` meaning ‘the fountains of the wisdom words of Imam Reda`. I quote the Hadith under consideration from this book.
Imam Reda (a.s.): “O Allah! send your blessings onto the one that Daily Prayers is honored with having the Salawat on him`.
Salam and Salawat on the Prophet is an established fact in the Quran. In Surah 33 Ayah 56 we recite:
“Allah and His Angels send Salat on the Prophet, O you who believe! send Salat on him, and solute him a thorough salutation”. (33:56)
As far as I know sending Salam and Salawat to the prophet of Islam, is one of the distinguishing characteristics of our Prophet, of which the previous prophets were deprived. Muslims across the world from the time the above Ayah has been revealed up to the Day of Great Judgment are bound to send their Salawat onto the Prophet of Islam. Muslims five times a day when they call for Adhan and Eqama and even in their daily Prayers send their Salawat onto the Prophet of Islam.
This is due to the Divine Promise “And We raised high for you your esteem” 94:4)