One of his prayers after praising God was to invoke Divine Blessings upon the Messenger of God and his descendants

Praise be to God, who favored us with Muhammad, may the peace and mercy of God be upon him and his descendants, in preference to the past nations and bygone centuries, with His Power which fails in nothing, however great, and from which nothing escapes, however small it be.

So He made us the final ones among all His creatures and appointed us witnesses against those who denied Him. By His Grace, He multiplied us over those that were few.

Therefore O God, bless Muhammad and the descendants of Muhammad, the trustee of Your Inspiration, the elect of Your creatures, the chosen one from Your servants, the master of grace, the leader of goodness, the key of affluence, as he dedicated himself to Your work, Laid down his body to suffer calling (them) towards Yourself, Fought for Your satisfaction against his tribe, Cut-off relations with blood relations to revive Your religion, Drove away those that were near (in relation) on account of their denial of You. He made friends with strangers for Your sake and grew hostile to those that were near.

He let himself suffer in proclaiming Your message, vigorously exerted himself in inviting others to Your religion and employed himself in advising those worthy of Your Call. He migrated to a strange city, distant from the place of his abode, the ground trodden by his feet, the place of his birth and the place to which his feelings were attached, intending, thereby, the exaltation of Your religion, and seeking assistance against the infidels till what he designed concerning Your enemies was accomplished for him; and what he planned for Your friends was also achieved. Then, he arose against them, seeking victory with Your Assistance; strengthened, in spite of his weakness, by Your Help. He fought them in their very homes and overwhelmed them in the midst of their abode till Your Command was proclaimed and Your Word was exalted, adverse though the multi-theists were.

Therefore, exalt him, O Lord, to the highest rank in Your Paradise for his exertions in Your Cause, so that his position may not be equaled, his prestige may not be rivaled and no angel nigh to Yourself and no Apostle sent by Yourself, may equal him in Your Sight. And fulfill the promise of effective intercession in greater degree than what Thou hast promised regarding the sacred members of his descendants and his true-believing followers. O conformer to promises! O Fulfiller of (Your ) Word!

O Changer of evil into a great deal more of good, verily Thou art the Great Bestower of Favors and Thou art the Generous, the Bountiful.


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