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The Tashahhud is Lofty – Don’t Rush It

The ‘tashahhud’ consists of the words we recite in every sitting of our prayers. These are the words with which the Beloved Messenger of Allah ﷺ greeted Allah on his ascent beyond the Heavens, in a place beyond place–a place not even the Angel Gabriel could go.

All greetings, blessings and good acts are from You, my Lord. Greetings to you, O Prophet, and the mercy and blessings of Allah. Peace be unto us, and unto the righteous servants of Allah. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.

At Tahiyyaatu lilaahi was Salawaatu wat tayibaatu As Salaamu ‘alaika ayyuhan nabiyyu wa rahmatul laahi wa barakaatuh As Salaamu ‘alainaa wa ‘alaa ‘ebaadillaahis saaliheen, (Hands on knees, raise right forefinger:) Ash hadu allaa ilaah ilallaah Wa ash hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhuu wa rasuuluh
tashahhud in Arabic

Our tashahhud relives that intimate meeting between Allah and His Most Beloved Prophet ﷺ. It is the Prophet’s greeting, the Divine Response; the Prophet’s acceptance of this response, and his seeking to spread that mercy, honour, and blessing to all those seeking righteousness; and then the statement of faith and commitment.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the importance and greatness of the tashahhud and reminds us of the need to say these precious words with purpose, presence, and yearning. Brief, but powerful. Reflect!

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