The Practice of Reciting Eighty Durood after Asr on Friday

Q: Is the eighty durood that is recited after Asr on Friday a practice which is established in Deen? Does it have a source in the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)?​


A: Yes, the practice of reciting eighty durood after Asr on a Friday is established in Deen. This practice is established from the following Hadith of Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu):

وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من صلى صلاة العصر من يوم الجمعة فقال قبل أن يقوم من مكانه اللهم صل على محمد النبي الأمي وعلى آله وسلم تسليماً ثمانين مرة غفرت له ذنوب ثمانين عاماً وكتبت له عبادة ثمانين سنة (القول البديع عن ابن بشكوال ص399)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who performs Asr Salaah on Friday and thereafter recites eighty times before standing up from his place  اللهم صل على محمد النبي الأمي وعلى آله وسلم تسليماً, eighty years of sins are forgiven for him and eighty years of (nafl) ibaadat are written for him”.

It was the practice of many of our Akaabir and Buzrugaan-e-Deen to recite the eighty Durood after Asr on Friday. Great Muhadditheen, the likes of Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahimahullah) and Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saheb (rahimahullah) of the recent past practised this regularly and diligently, and from the present Muhadditheen, Hazrat Moulana Aaqil Saheb (a senior Muhaddith of India), Hazrat Moulana Yusuf Motala Saheb (a senior Muhaddith of England) and Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (a senior Muhaddith of South Africa) حفظهم الله  are of the view that this practice is established.

Shaikh Muhammad Awwaamah حفظه الله, a senior ranking Muhaddith of this era, has also approved of this practice and regarded reciting the eighty Durood after Asr on Friday as permissible. From the Muhadditheen of the past, Allaamah Ibnu Bashkuwaal (a Muhaddith of the sixth century), Allaamah Sakhaawi (a Muhaddith of the tenth century) and Allaamah Ibnu Hajar Makki (a Muhaddith of the tenth century) (rahimahumullah) regarded this practice to be established and therefore included it in their kitaabs prepared on the topic of Durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). 

We have prepared a kitaab on this topic. This kitaab provides insight into this issue and expels the doubts that people have regarding this practice being an innovation in Deen. The kitaab may be obtained from the Madrasah Taleemuddeen Bookshop or the Al-Haadi Online Bookshop.

Reciting Durood upon Rasulullah ﷺ is regarded as being among the greatest ibaadaat in Deen through which one may acquire the divine love of Allah Ta’ala and the special closeness of His beloved Rasulullah ﷺ. Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Indeed, the people who will be closest to me on the day of Qiyaamah will be those who used to recite the most Durood upon me in the world.”

In his Mubaarak Ahaadith, Rasulullah ﷺ has encouraged his Ummah to recite abundant Durood upon him and he has explained that through reciting Durood, they will receive great virtues and blessings from Allah Ta’ala.

It has been the practice of many Akaabir and pious elders to recite the eighty Durood after Asr on Friday. This practice was always understood to have been based upon the Hadith of Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu) wherein he had reported that Rasulullah ﷺ had said, “The one who performs Asr Salaah on Friday and thereafter recites eighty times before standing up from his place اللهم صل على محمد النبي الأمي وعلى آله وسلم تسليماً, eighty years of sins are forgiven for him and eighty years of (nafl) ibaadat are written for him”. However, there has lately been some discussion among the Ulama regarding whether this practice is established and whether this Durood should be recited.

This book provides insight into this issue and expels the doubts that people have regarding this practice being an innovation in Deen.

 

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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