Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: I have heard that there are certain dhikr that have the potential to harm an individual if done without a Shaykh. If someone did prayers on the Prophet in the thousands or tens of thousands, would it have the potential to be harmful?
Answer: assalamu alaykum
Scholars mention that every dhikr has an effect on the soul and there are particular forms of dhikr that should not be done without the guidance of a qualified spiritual guide.
However, this does not generally apply to dhikr forms established in the primary texts especially blessings on the Prophet (God bless him). I have heard Sh. Nuh Keller mention that sending blessings on the Prophet (God bless him) is an act that should be done abundantly, and, in contrast to certain spiritual litanies performed without a spiritual guide, possesses no potential to harm an individual.
[Ustadh] Salman Younas
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.