Salatul Fatih Prayer of the Opener , commonly known as Durood Fatih in the subcontinent and Sholawat Fatih in Far East Asia was transmitted by the eminent gnostic and scholar Abu al-Makarim Shaykh Muhammad Shams al-Din ibn Abi al-Hasan al-Bakri, a descendent of Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, from whom he inherited the station of supreme truthfulness al-Siddiqiyya and attained the loftiest reaches of mastery in the mystical divine sciences. It is said to have been revealed by Allah to him upon a piece of paper. The prayer is recited by millions of Tijaniyya adherents across the world as part of their daily wird. O Allah, send prayers upon our master Muhammad, the opener of what was closed, and the seal of what had preceded, the helper of the truth by the Truth, and the guide to Your straight path. May Allah send prayers upon his Family according to his greatness and magnificent rank. Many shuyookh and gnostics have related the benefits of regularly reciting Salatul Fatih, of which there are many.
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This special prayer was given by the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him to Seyyidina Ahmed Tijani may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret , in an awakened state, during the daytime, to be recited and to be transmitted.
He had spent several years in retreat in Mecca with the intention that ALLAH The Glorified, The Exalted would teach him the formula of prayer upon the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him which brings together all other prayers and their secrets. And thus, this prayer was revealed to him : an angel descended upon him bearing a luminous tablet upon which Salat el Fathi was inscribed. In order to benefit from the special blessings of Salat el Fathi, two conditions must be met :.
The first is that authorization should be given by those who have themselves received it. The second is that he who recites this prayer should firmly believe that it comes from Invisible in the same way and that it is not the result of a human composition. Merits and blessings. I recite it incessantly until my departure from Tlemcen to Boussemghoune. Then the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him ordained me to go back to Salat el Fatihi, so I asked him what its merits were. After lengthy supplication his prayer was granted.
An angel came to him with this prayer written on a luminous tablet. One single Salat el Fatihi is the equivalent to all evocations, all formulas of glorification, all requests for pardon, all implorations, big or small, accomplished in the whole universe, multiplied times. The perfection of everything that comes from the Invisible is confirmed, and falls outside of known rules because it does not come from any written composition.
Suppose now that we gather together all the rewards of all these communities of all this time. They would not be equivalent to the reward that comes from the evocation of one single Salat Fatihi. His Grace falls outside of normal circles. The first is that he peace and blessings be upon him knew that it would come at the End of Time and he who should receive it would not appear in his day. The second is that if he had spoken about the immense grace obtained with so few deeds to them, they may ALLAH be pleased with them would have insisted on knowing it given their intense search for good.
But It was not to appear at that time, this is why he did not speak about it to them. Furthermore, knowing the weakness of the people of this era and the chaos and corruption in which they would find themselves, ALLAH had mercy on them and granted them great blessings in exchange for simple deeds. He saves His Mercy for whom He wants when He wants.
We should not say that what the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him told us during his lifetime is not the same as what he transmitted to us after his death. In truth, this two things are similar excepting that what is for the common people is for the common people, and what is for the elite is for the elite. Then, if you evoke a second time, you will have the rewards equivalent to those that you reaped the first time multiplied by Then, if you evoke it a third time, you will have the rewards of the first time multiplied by 1 and so on thus multiplied….
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him also said that the merit of this prayer is enclosed in the mysterious treasures that ALLAH The Glorified, The Exalted has not revealed to any prophet, nor any angel because it is one of the secrets specific to the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him that he showered upon his representative Abu-l-Abbas Tidjani may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret.
Point to be clarified. Question : Is it true that Tidjani practitioners claim that the prayer called Salat Fatihi is superior to reading the noble Quran? Answer: This affirmation is absolutely wrong. This prominence has two main reasons:.
Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret classifies the benefit of reading the noble Quran in four categories according to the state of the reader:. The first category concerns holy people who live in the ocean of Divine Truth, those who extract all the merit from the reading of the Quran. For this category, reading the Quran is above all zikr. The second category includes those who perfectly understand the meaning of the Quran and who, when reading it, are moved to such an extent that they believe that they are hearing the Supreme Being HimSelf dictating it, and whose life is a realization of the Sacred Texts.
The benefits that they gain from reading it are almost the same as those of the first category. The third category includes those who attentively read the noble Quran but do not understand it and who are moved by this reading to the point of believing that they hear The Lord and they scrupulously follow the commandments taught by the Holy Book while inquiring, consequently these people benefit greatly from reading it but not as much as those of the two preceding categories.
The fourth category includes those who read the noble Quran without paying any attention, whether they understand or not the reading, and indulge in bad deeds with no care for the commandments of the Quran, the work of these people leads to their loss and they commit a sin every time they read it as is said in the following passages of the Quran:. Indeed, We have placed over their hearts coverings, lest they understand it, and in their ears deafness. And if you invite them to guidance - they will never be guided, then - eve r.
He will say, "My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing? Only for the fourth category of people, the prayer upon the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him is more beneficial than reading the Quran, because from this kind of reading they only attract the wrath of The Lord. On the other hand, every time they recite the prayer upon the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him , The Lord, the angels and all creation pray upon them 10 times.
Because of this, they have everything to gain by praying upon the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him , and everything to lose by reading the noble Quran.
By their intermediary, we request the rain, and it is thanks to them that blessings are obtained, and it is through their invocation that misfortune is repelled. One good deed is equal to ten good deeds the like of it. It suffices, therefore, to multiply the number of letters of the Quran by at least ten to obtain the basic reward of the reading of the wole Quran.
This reward is then multiplied by ten for he who recites the Surah Yasin and is inscribed for this person according to the prophetic hadith. The same method applies to Salat el Fatihi, except that, in this case, the reward for the reading of the entire Quran should be multiplied by six thousand. The reading of the Quran takes priority and is required by the revelation. It is therefore strictly forbidden to forsake the recitation of it.
As for the blessings of Salat el Fatihi that we have mentioned, neglecting it is without consequences because it is considered as a meritorious act. If the follower remains in this state and ultimately realizes this, he will have access to complete spiritual annihilation. Then, he will reach the door of Divine Proximity.
Evidently, the donkey does not benefit from carrying the books on its back. They [are the ones who] believe in it. Reciting it properly implies acting upon these instructions. He who turns away from this, has not really read it. Is this not a shameless lie? It is totally false and culpable, as some have tried to make others to believe that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret would have claimed that the merit of Salat Fatihi is superior to the merit of the Quran and that he would have encouraged his disciples to forsake the recitation of the Divine words.
Seyyidina himself was diligent and very attached to the recitation of the Quran which he has memorized since the age of seven. No disciple of the Tariqa Tidjaniya and its teachings neglect reading and studying the Quran.
ALLAH can grant more merits to a certain thing without this meaning that this deed is superior to or can replace another one. Thus, as we will demonstrate, some have received specificities in certain fields without this necessarily implying that they are superior to those who have not received these specificities.
Similarly, with regards to the merits of deeds, some hadiths could emphasize prayer, some of them emphasize combat in the path of ALLAH The Glorified, The Exalted , some of them could emphasize evocation and so on and so forth… In fact everything depends on the context and the situation. Indeed, when confronting the enemy, Jihad becomes the best deed. In other circumstances, it is prayer, and so on…. This is exemplified in the following words of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him :.
This merit does not mean that the Umra is the same as the Hajj and that it exempts us from the obligation of accomplishing it. Equally, it does not mean that if we have accomplish the deeds mentioned by the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him in the first hadith, we have no need to accomplish the Hajj, nor that the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him encourages us to neglect the accomplishment of the Hajj, because he rewards us for a perfect Hajj and Umra.
Only an ignorant person could come to such conclusion. Then, some people affirmed that it is only allowed to pray upon the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him with the Ibrahimiya prayer, because this is the prayer that he taught to his companions may ALLAH be pleased with them.
Likewise, in the hadiths, the instructions concerning the prayer upon the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him are all presented in a general and universal manner. It is said by the scholars of Oussoul foundation that the basic rule is as follows: everything that is presented as a generality in the Book and the Sunnah should stay that way until its specific aspect has been proved.
In other words, as long as it has not been proved that this instruction can only be obeyed by means of a sole specific formula, then it is permissible to pray upon the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him with any formula. Madrassa Ahmediya Your questions Special reports. Tariqa Tidjaniya. In order to benefit from the special blessings of Salat el Fathi, two conditions must be met : The first is that authorization should be given by those who have themselves received it.
Point to be clarified Question : Is it true that Tidjani practitioners claim that the prayer called Salat Fatihi is superior to reading the noble Quran?
As such he is qualified as the promoter of the opening of everything that is concealed and blocked for all previous messengers. Some have explained this opening by the first emergence of the Holy Prophet Sidna Mohammed peace and blessing be upon him , being the first human being emerged from the big void, even before the genesis or the creation of the world. Verily, Salat al-Fatihis a divine matter which has no room for the mind intellect. If we were to estimate there are , nations each nation is made of , tribes each tribe is made of , men each one of those men lived for , years and recited 1, prayer upon the Prophet other than Salat al-Fatih every day of their lives then the reward thawab for all of these nations along all these years would not catch up with the reward of one times of reciting Salat al-Fatih. In another letter Sidna Shaykh illustrated that whoever has greeted the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him through Salat al-Fatih once, he will bear the rewards of all Prayers that have occurred across the universe by mankind, Angels and Jinns, in a number of six hundred thousand from the first creation of the universe until the recitation has been completed, and each prayer with a reward of six hundred thousand , from all faithful from mankind, angels and Jinns. And each prayer with a reward of four hundred conquests and each conquest with a reward of four hundred Hajj pilgrimage, and each prayer from all these with a bird as mentioned in the Hadith that has seventy thousand wings 70, , and each prayer with a Houri wife and ten 10 virtues and the erasure of ten 10 sins and for each prayer, the Exalted Allah and his Angels salute the Prophet ten times. And in another letter, a unique Prayer with a reward of six thousand folds from each Dhikr emanating from each person in this globe to the sole exception of the Holy Quran which is of six folds.