Remembering The Beloved Prophet (SAW) - Radiating Scent in The Beloved Prophets Dhikr
Remembering and mentioning the Prophet is not just a praiseworthy act but an obligation in Islam. Only through his remembrance does one truly get to know him and only after getting to know him can one realistically attempt to follow and love him. This famous risala of Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi attempts to fulfil this need of remembering and mentioning the Beloved Prophet by providing the reader with sound and authentic narrations of his virtues, excellences and particularities as well as accounts of key moments of his life, from his very creation to his life in the grave and ultimately his station in Allah’s Court and entering into Paradise. It also describes the virtues of his father, grandfather and his family as well as his miracles and rights over his ummah. The risala then ends with a discussion of sending blessings upon him as well as taking his waseela in a supplication to Allah.
The shaykh also reveals that this remembrance of the Prophet is a cure for all ills, whether worldly such as plague and inflation or spiritual such a sin and discord. Thanvi sahib mentions a specific barakah of this risala, that since he began writing it his locality remained safe from the plague and ills ravaging all around him and he was convinced that wherever this risala went it would bring cure and relief.
The shaykh stresses that he was careful to only choose narrations that were authentic to allow and reassure the reader that this remembrance of the Prophet was taking place within the boundaries of Shariah.