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SHAABAN - SALAWAT
as Taught by
IMAM ZAINUL ABIDEEN (A.S.)

The Blessings and Great Rewards of Reciting Salawaat

A Commentary Booklet PDF

It is reported through authentic sources that Imam Zainul Abideen(as) used to recite the following Salavat every day in Sha`ban at the time sun passes the merdian (waqt-e-Zawal) and on the night of 15th Sha`ban. References  The salawat is as under: 

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad—

allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

the tree of Prophethood;

shajarati alnnbuwwati

شَجَرَةِ النُّبُوَّةِ،

and the trustees of the (Divine) Mission;

wa mawzi`i alrrisalati

وَمَوضِعِ الرِِّسَالَةِ،

and the frequently visited by the angels;

wa mukhtalafi almala’ikati

وَمُخْتَلَفِ الْمَلائِكَةِ،

and the core of knowledge;

wa ma`dini al`ilmi

وَمَعْدِنِ الْعِلْمِ،

and the Household of the Divine Revelation.

wa ahli bayti alwahai

وَأَهْلِ بَيْتِ الْوَحْيِ.

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad—

allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

the sailing ships through the abysmal waves.

alfulki aljariyati fa allujaji alghamirati

الْفُلْكِ الْجَارِيَةِ فِي اللُّجَجِ الْغَامِرَةِ،

He who embarks on them will be saved

yamanu man rakibaha

يَأْمَنُ مَنْ رَكِبَهَا،

but he who abandons them will be drowned.

wa yaghraqu man tarakaha

وَيَغْرَقُ مَنْ تَرَكَهَا،

He who precedes them will miss the Right Path

almutaqaddmu lahum mariqun

الْمُتَقَدِّمُ لَهُمْ مَارِقٌ،

and he who misses them will lose,

wal-mutakhkhru `anhum zahiqun

وَالْمُتَأَخِّرُ عَنْهُمْ زَاهِقٌ،

but he who adheres to them will win.

wal-lazimu lahum lahiqun

وَاللازِمُ لَهُمْ لاحِقٌ.

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad—

allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

the impregnable shelter;

alkahfi alhasani

الْكَهْفِ الْحَصِينِ،

and the succorers of the helpless, distressed ones;

wa ghiyathi almuztarr almustakani

وَغِيَاثِ الْمُضْطَرِّ الْمُسْتَكِينِ،

and the haven of the fugitives;

wa malja alharibana

وَمَلْجَاَ الْهَارِبِينَ،

and the asylum of those who seek refuge.

wa `ismati almu`tasimana

وَعِصْمَةِ الْمُعْتَصِمِينَ.

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad

allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

so much blessings that please them

salatan katharatan takunu lahum rizan

صَلاةً كَثِيرَةً تَكُونُ لَهُمْ رِضاً،

and settle all (our) duties towards Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad

wa lihaqq muhammadin wa ali muhammadin ada‘an wa qaza‘an

وَلِحَقِّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ أَدَاءً وَقَضَاءً

by Your might and power; O the Lord of the worlds.

bihawlin minka wa quwwatin ya rabb al`alamana

بِحَوْلٍ مِنْكَ وَقُوَّةٍ يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ.

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad—

allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

the pure, the pious, the righteous

alttayyibana alabrari al-akhyari

الطَّيِّبِينَ الأَبْرَارِ الأَخْيَارِ،

whose rights have been made incumbent upon us by You

alladhana awjabta huquqahum

الَّذِينَ أَوْجَبْتَ حُقُوقَهُمْ،

and the obedience to whom has been deemed obligatory upon us by You and whose (divinely commissioned) leadership has been (also) deemed obligatory upon us by You.

wa farazta ta`atahum wa wilaiyatahum

وَفَرَضْتَ طَاعَتَهُمْ وَوِلايَتَهُمْ.

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad;

allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

and fill in my heart with the obedience to You;

wa a`mur qalby bita`atika

وَاعْمُرْ قَلْبِي بِطَاعَتِكَ،

and do not disgrace me by acts of disobedience to You;

wa la tukhziny bima`siyatika

وَلا تُخْزِنِي بِمَعْصِيَتِكَ،

and grant me the feeling of sympathy towards those whom You have decided to straiten their sustenance

warzuqny mwasata man qattrta `alayhi min rizqika

وَارْزُقْنِي مُوَاسَاةَ مَنْ قَتَّرْتَ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ رِزْقِكَ

by means of Your favors that You have decided to make expansive for me

bima wa ss`ta `alayy min fazlika

بِمَا وَسَّعْتَ عَلَيَّ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ،

and by means of that with which You have covered me out of Your fairness;

wa nasharta `alayy min `adlika

وَنَشَرْتَ عَلَيَّ مِنْ عَدْلِكَ،

and make me live under Your shade.

wa ahiyaytany tahta ¨illka

وَأَحْيَيْتَنِي تَحْتَ ظِلِّكَ،

This is the month of Your Prophet and the Master of Your Messengers.

wa hadha shahru nabiyyka sayyidi rusulika

وَهذَا شَهْرُ نَبِيِّكَ سَيِّدِ رُسُلِكَ

It is Sha`ban, which You have encompassed with Your mercy and pleasure,

sha`banu alladhy hafaftahu minka bilrrahmati wal-rrizwani

شَعْبَانُ الَّذِي حَفَفْتَهُ مِنْكَ بِالرَّحْمَةِ وَالرِّضْوَانِ

and on which the Messenger of Allah—peace and blessings be upon him and his Family—used to observe fasting painstakingly and used to spend it with acts of worship

alladhy kana rasulu allahi salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi wa sallama yad’abu fa saamihi wa qaamihi

الَّذِي كَانَ رَسُولُ اللّهِ صَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَدْأَبُ فِي صِيَامِهِ وَقِيَامِهِ

on all of its days and nights

fa layalahi wa ayyamihi

فِي لَيَالِيهِ وَأَيَّامِهِ

on account of Your honoring and dignifying this month, up to his death.

bukhu`an laka fa ikramihi wa i`¨amihi ila mahall himamihi

بُخُوعاً لَكَ فِي إكْرَامِهِ وَإعْظَامِهِ إلَى مَحَلِّ حِمَامِهِ.

O Allah: (please do) help us follow the example of him (i.e. the Holy Prophet as regards the honoring of this month)

allahumma fa`inna `ala alastinani bisunntihi fahi

اللّهُمَّ فَأَعِنَّا عَلَى الإسْتِنَانِ بِسُنَّتِهِ فِيهِ،

and help us attain nearness to him.

wa nayli alshshfa`ati ladayhi

وَنَيْلِ الشَّفَاعَةِ لَدَيْهِ.

O Allah: (please do) decide him as my interceder (before You) whose intercession for me is acceptable

allahumma waj`alhu la shafa`an mushaffa`an

اللّهُمَّ وَاجْعَلْهُ لِي شَفِيعاً مُشَفَّعاً،

and as my clear path toward You;

wa taraqan ilayka mahiya`an

وَطَرِيقاً إلَيْكَ مَهْيَعاً،

and make me follow him until I meet You on the Resurrection Day enjoying Your pleasure with me

waj`alny lahu muttbi`an hatta alqaka yawma alqaamati `anna raziyan

وَاجْعَلْنِي لَهُ مُتَّبِعاً حَتَّى أَلْقَاكَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ عَنِّي رَاضِياً،

and Your overlooking my sins

wa `an dhunuby ghaziyan

وَعَنْ ذُنُوبِي غَاضِياً،

and thus You will confer upon me with Your mercy and pleasure

qad awjabta la minka alrrahmata wal-rrizwana

قَدْ أَوْجَبْتَ لِي مِنْكَ الرَّحْمَةَ وَالرِّضْوَانَ،

and allow me to reside in the Eternal Abode and the Place of the Righteous.

wa anzaltany dara alqarari wa mahall al-akhyari

وَأَنْزَلْتَنِي دَارَ الْقَرَارِ وَمَحَلِّ الأَخْيَارِ.

 

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

O Allah, (please do) send blessings to Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

O’ Allah! Bestow Your blessing on Muhammad and his progeny-the tree of prophethood and the abode of Your messages, the place of visits of the angels, the mine of Your knowledge and the people of the Holy House of revelation.

O` Allah! Bestow Your blessing on Mohammad and his progeny who are a boat sailing in the deep waters of fathomless sea.  Safe is he who boarded it and drowned is he who discarded it.  Those who went ahead of them were misled and those lagged behind them were ruined and those who adhered to them were united with them.

 O` Allah! Bless Mohammad and his progeny who are the strong refuge, rescue for the distressed and the helpless, shelter for the fugitives and protection.

O` Allah! Bless Mohammad and his Progeny with plenty of Your blessings which should please them and grant them their due and it should be fulfilled with Your might-O` the Lord of the worlds!

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad—
the pure, the pious, the righteous whose rights have been made incumbent upon us by You
and the obedience to whom has been deemed obligatory upon us by You and whose (divinely commissioned) leadership has been (also) deemed obligatory upon us by You.

O` Allah! Bless Mohammad and his progeny and embellish my heart with obedience to You and disgrace me not with disobedience to You and bless me with tenderness for one struck with poverty from Your sustenance for You have blessed me with affluence in livelihood and because You have displayed Your justice on me and bestowed life on me to live under Your shade.

And this is the month You have attributed to Your Prophet, the chief of Your Prophets; the month of Sha`aban You have encompassed it with your mercy and pleasure.

The Messenger of God used to keep vigil in devotion during its nights and observed fasts during its days humiliating himself before You honouring and respecting it till his departure from this .

O` Allah! Help us in following his life pattern and in achieving his intercession.

O` Allah! Appoint him as an intercessor for me and his intercession is accepted by You and appoint him to show us a simple path towards You and make me his follower till I meet You on the Day of Resurrection in a state that You be pleased with me, ignoring my sins for You have prescribed mercy and pleasure from you and my entertainment a peaceful abode and the abode of virtuous people:

 

Transliteration only

“BISMILLA HIR RAHMA NIR RAHIM Allahumma Salle Alaa Mohammedin wa Aale Mohammadin

Shajaratin Nabuwwate wa Mauze`ir Risalate wa Mukhtalafil Malae`ekate Wa Ma`denil Ilme wa Ahle Baitil wahye;

Allahumma Salle Alaa Mohammadin wa Aale Mohammadenil Fulkil Jariyate Fil Lujajil Ghamerate Yamanu Man Rakabaha wa Yaghraqo Man Tarakaha Al Mutaqaddimo Lahum Mariqun wal Mutakhkhiro Anhum Zahiqun wal Lazimo Lahum Lahhiqun

Allahumma Salle Alaa Mohammadin wa Aale Mohammdil Kahfil Haseena wa Ghiyasil Muztarril Mustakeen wa Maljaa`al Harebeena wa Ismatil Mo`tasemeena;

Allahumma Salle Alaa Mohammadin wa As;e Mohammadin Salavatan Katheeratan Takoono Lahum Rezan wa Behaqqe Mohammadin wa Aale Mohammadin Ada`an wa Oazaa`an Be Haulin Minka wa Quwwatin ya Mohammadin wa Aale Mohammadenit Tayyebeenal Abraril Akhyaril Lazeena Aujabta Haqooqahum wa Farazta Ta`atahum wa Wilayatahum; Allahumma Salle Alaa Mohammadin wa Aale Mohammadin wa`a mur Qalbi be Ta`ateka  wa la Tukhzeni Be Ma`siyateka warzuqni Movassata Man Qattarta aaihe Min rizqeka Be Ma wassa`ta alayya Min fazleka wa Nasharta Alayya Min Adleka wa Ahya`tani Tahta Zilleka wa Haza Shahro Nabiyyeka wa Saiyide Rusuleka Sha`abanul lazi Hafaftahoo Minka Bir Rahmate war Rizwani Lazi kana Rasoolullahe Sallallaho Alaihe wa Aalehi wa Sallam Yad`abo fi Siyamehi wa QiyamehiFi Layalehi wa Ayyamehi Najoo`an Lake Fi Lkramehi wa I`zamehi Ila Mahalle Himamehi;

 Allahumma Fa Ainna Alal Istinane Be Sunnatehi Feeha wa Nailish Shafa`ate Ladaihe; allahumma Waj`alahoo Li Shafee`an Mushaffa`an wa Tareeqan Ilaika Mahyaan waj`alni Lahoo Muttaba`an Hatta al Qaka Yaumal Qiyamate Anni Raziyan wa an Zunoobi Ghaziyan Qad Aujabta li minkar Rahmata war Rizwana wa azzaltani Daral Qarare wa Mahallal Akhyar.

Salawat Shabaniyeh

 

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ شَجَرَةِ النُّبُوَّةِ وَ مَوْضِعِ الرِّسَالَةِ وَ مُخْتَلَفِ الْمَلائِكَةِ وَ مَعْدِنِ الْعِلْمِ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِ الْوَحْيِ اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ الْفُلْكِ الْجَارِيَةِ فِي اللُّجَجِ الْغَامِرَةِ يَأْمَنُ مَنْ رَكِبَهَا وَ يَغْرَقُ مَنْ تَرَكَهَا الْمُتَقَدِّمُ لَهُمْ مَارِقٌ وَ الْمُتَأَخِّرُ عَنْهُمْ زَاهِقٌ وَ اللازِمُ لَهُمْ لاحِقٌ اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ الْكَهْفِ الْحَصِينِ وَ غِيَاثِ الْمُضْطَرِّ الْمُسْتَكِينِ وَ مَلْجَإِ الْهَارِبِينَ وَ عِصْمَةِ الْمُعْتَصِمِينَ اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلاةً كَثِيرَةً تَكُونُ لَهُمْ رِضًى وَ لِحَقِّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ أَدَاءً وَ قَضَاءً بِحَوْلٍ مِنْكَ وَ قُوَّةٍ يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ الطَّيِّبِينَ الْأَبْرَارِ الْأَخْيَارِ الَّذِينَ أَوْجَبْتَ حُقُوقَهُمْ وَ فَرَضْتَ طَاعَتَهُمْ وَ وِلايَتَهُمْ اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ اعْمُرْ قَلْبِي بِطَاعَتِكَ وَ لا تُخْزِنِي بِمَعْصِيَتِكَ وَ ارْزُقْنِي مُوَاسَاةَ مَنْ قَتَّرْتَ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ رِزْقِكَ بِمَا وَسَّعْتَ عَلَيَّ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ وَ نَشَرْتَ عَلَيَّ مِنْ عَدْلِكَ وَ أَحْيَيْتَنِي تَحْتَ ظِلِّكَ وَ هَذَا شَهْرُ نَبِيِّكَ سَيِّدِ رُسُلِكَ شَعْبَانُ الَّذِي حَفَفْتَهُ مِنْكَ بِالرَّحْمَةِ وَ الرِّضْوَانِ الَّذِي كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ [سَلَّمَ‏] يَدْأَبُ فِي صِيَامِهِ وَ قِيَامِهِ فِي لَيَالِيهِ وَ أَيَّامِهِ بُخُوعا لَكَ فِي إِكْرَامِهِ وَ إِعْظَامِهِ إِلَى مَحَلِّ حِمَامِهِ اللَّهُمَّ فَأَعِنَّا عَلَى الاسْتِنَانِ بِسُنَّتِهِ فِيهِ وَ نَيْلِ الشَّفَاعَةِ لَدَيْهِ اللَّهُمَّ وَ اجْعَلْهُ لِي شَفِيعا مُشَفَّعا وَ طَرِيقا إِلَيْكَ مَهْيَعا وَ اجْعَلْنِي لَهُ مُتَّبِعا حَتَّى أَلْقَاكَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ عَنِّي رَاضِيا وَ عَنْ ذُنُوبِي غَاضِيا قَدْ أَوْجَبْتَ لِي مِنْكَ الرَّحْمَةَ وَ الرِّضْوَانَ وَ أَنْزَلْتَنِي دَارَ الْقَرَارِ وَ مَحَلَّ الْأَخْيَارِ

 

The translation  

O my Allah send blessings on Muhammad and on the descendants of Muhammad, the evergreen tree (outcome and end) of (the toil of) Prophethood, the destination of the Divine messages, the academy where Angels came to learn and know, the depository of wisdom, the people of the House of "Wahi" (the Divine Revelations).

O my Allah send blessings on Muhammad and on the descendants of Muhammad, an unsinkable sailing ship afloat over the fathomless deep waters of the seas; whosoever gets into it is saved and whosoever stays away is drowned; whosoever steps in front of them misses the aim and goes astray, whosoever lags behind wanders in wilderness. Whosoever holds fast to them reaches the destination. 

O my Allah send blessings on Muhammad and on the descendants of Muhammad, a safe sanctuary, a relief for the worried uncared-for destitutes, a refuge for the fugitives running away from tyranny, an asylum for the banished and hunted, seeking shelter. 

O my Allah send blessings on Muhammad, and on the descendants of Muhammad, a great many blessings, a stimulation for inner joy and peace of mind to them, a fulfilment of the obligation unto Muhammad and the children of Muhammad, duly decreed as a duty by the authority and power Thou commands, O the Lord of the worlds. 

O Allah send blessings on Muhammad and on the descendants of Muhammad, the good, the attested by Thy witness, the high-minded chosen in preference by Thee, whose right has been declared a must for all to accept, to obey them to love them has been made obligatory under Thy commands. 

O my Allah send blessings on Muhammad and on the descendants of Muhammad and cultivate in my mind and heart obedience unto Thee, do not let me put myself to shame by acts of disobedience, make me feel compassion and assist the unfortunate people who do not receive enough from Thee, with the provisions Thou has made available to me, more than I need, (to justify that) Thou rightly selected me as a channel and has kept me alive under Thy protective cover. 

 This is the month of Thy Prophet, the Messenger-in-chief, the month of Shaa’baan surrounded by Thy mercy and blessings from all sides, in which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be on him and on his children) used to exert himself willingly in the matter of fasting and praying in its days and nights, to show his humility before Thee for the respect and honour Thou bestowed on him, until his last breath. 

 O Allah help us to model our conduct on his "way of life" and obtain the intercession he is entitled to put forward. 

 O my Allah select him as my advocate to speak in favour of me, establish him for me a medium unto Thee, the sure and smooth approach; and make me follow in his footsteps till I stand before Thee on the Day of Judgement, Thou pleased with me, my mistakes overlooked, because Thou has found me worthy of Thy mercy and indulgence, and allowed me to take quarters in the eternal land of bliss and happiness in the neighbourhood of the select good.

References

This supplication has a very high rank and we can understand its importance from various angles. First of all, it is narrated in several of the main books of Ahadith. Some of them are the following:

1.      Eqbal al amal by Seyed Ebn Tavoos 688

2.      Al-Balad al-Amin by Allame Kafami 186

3.      Al-Mesbah by Allame Kafami 544

4.      Mesbah Al-Mojtahed by Sheikh Tossi 45, 838

5.      Jamal Al-Osbooe by Seyed Ebn Tavoos 405

6.      Vassayel Al-Shia by sheikh Hor Ameli  10/492

7.      Bihar Al-Anwar by Allame Majlesi 87/20

The second indicator of the importance of this supplication is that Our Imams repeatedly recited this supplication. In the words of Sheikh Toosi,

"کان علي بن الحسين عليه السلام يدعو عند کل زوال من ايام شعبان وفي ليله النصف منه ويصلي علي النبي صلي الله عليه واله بهذه الصلوات"

“In the month of Shaban, Ali Ebn Al-Hussein, Zein Al-Abedin would read this supplication every noon and on the fifteenth night (and in the whole month) he sent Salawat in the form of this Salawat.”[1]