Can I Bless the Prophet (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace) Silently, or Must I Hear Myself Say It?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


I understand that any dua can be said aloud or in one’s heart. Does this apply to hearing the adhan & when hearing the Prophet’s name (Allah bless him and give him peace)? After I hear his name, can I say “Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam” in my heart, or can I move my lips without sound, or must I hear myself saying it?


Thank you for your question.


The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “A visitor came to me from my Lord Almighty, and he said: Whoever among your nation blesses you, Allah will record for him ten good deeds, He will erase ten bad deeds, He will raise him ten degrees, and the angel will respond with the same.” [Ahmad]

From what I have learned from my teachers, one must hear one’s own words for the angel (who writes one’s good deeds) to record and respond to the blessings. And when it is audible, there is a reward in it, in sha Allah.

See more details here:
Can You Tell Me About the Angels Raqeeb and ‘Ateed (Kiramun Katibeen)?

Please see these links as well:
The Blessings of Sending Salawat upon our Beloved Muhammad
Intention for Sending Blessings upon the Prophet

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.