Adding the word SAYYIDUNAH [our master] to Tashahhud or when sending Salaah on the Prophet [peace and blessing of Allaah be on him)

Shaykh Muhammad Jamaalud Deen AI-Qaasimee said: "The Ulamah [scholars] differed amongst themselves regarding the word "Sayyidunaa" when sending Salaah on the Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be on him)." Imaam Ibn Hajar was asked regarding this point and he answered in a very convincing manner. The following paragraphs present the question and the answer.

The question: Is it an Obligation in Salaah or outside Salaah that a Muslim says the word "Sayyiduna" when sending Salaah on the Prophet (peace andblessing of Allaah be on him) such as to say: "Allaahumma Sallee Alaa Sayyidinaa Muhammad" or "Alaa Sayyidil khalq" [the master of the creation] or should one only say: "Allahumma Sallee Alaa Muhammad"? which one is better?

The answer: Indeed following the affirmed wording of [any] dhikr is better. Some falsely said that the Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be on him) abandoned this word out of his humbleness, but Muslims should say it. Were this hypothesis true, the Sahaabah (Companions) and Taabteen (those Muslims who did not see the Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be on him) but saw His Companions) would have said it and nothing of such a thing was affirmed though many of them reported the Tashahhud.

And also pay heed to the great eminent Aalim [scholar] Ash-Shaafiis statement with which he commenced his book - to which all his followers adhere-he said: Allaahumma Sallee Alaa Muhammad. Important Notes: It is worth mentioning here the following points:

The first: The haadeeth that states: "Laa Tusayyiduunee Fee As-Salaar [i.e. Never say "Master"in your Salaah is a forged one,even the word "Tusayyiduunee"is linguistically incorrect; the proper derivation of the word should be "Tusawwiduunee" [i.e. call me master]. This hadeeth is a forged one that has no basis whatsoever regarding Isnaad (chain of narration) and Matn (content). Were it authentic,we would have used it as a proof for the point under discussion.

The second: Many Muslims mix the forms of Tashahhud and come up with a new one that runs as follows: Allaahumma sallee alaa Muhammad waalaa aal: Muhammad, kamaa sallayt alaa Ibraaheem waalaa aali Ibraaheem, fiIaalameen, Innaka Hameedun Majeed. This new mixed wording of Tashahhud is illegal for any act of worship should be taken from the Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be on him), no more no less, and the previous wording of Tashahhudwas not affirmed to be of the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allaah be on him) Sunnah; on the contrary it is a mixture of two Sahr (legally approved) wordings. . .

The first: Allaaumma salli alaa Muhammad, Waalaa aali Muhammad, kamaa sallaitialaa Ibraaheem waalaa aali lbraaheem.Innaka Hamidun Majeed. Allaahumma baarik alaa Muhammad waalaa Aali Muhammad kamaa baarakta Alaa Ibraaheem waalaa aali Ibraaheem.lnnaka Hameedun Majeed.

The second: Allahumma salli Alaa Muhammad {An-Naby AI-Ummee} waalaa AAli Muhammad, Kama sallayta alaa {AAli} Ibraaheem, Wabaarik Alaa Muhammad {An Naby AI-Ummi}waalaa Aali Muhammad, Kamaa Barakta Alaa AAli Ibraaheem, fil aalameen Innaka Hameedun Majeed. [To be continued]


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