Huzooraa was asked regarding:
… 3. Reciting durood and other kinds of zikr …
Huzooraa, in a letter dated 25 December 2019, gave the following answers:..
“3. This is also the way to infuse passion in our recitation of durood, namely to recite it abundantly with love and devotion. Just as we take an interest in the rest of our affairs and pay attention to them, if we create the same love and interest in these good deeds, then our objectives will certainly be achieved, insha-Allah.
“The frequent recitation of durood is certainly a very blessed deed. As it is stated in ahadith, the supplication of a person can only reach Allah the Exalted by invoking blessings upon the Holy Prophetsa. However, if reciting the durood alone had been enough for everyone and could absolve one of the rest of the supplications, then why would the Holy Prophetsa himself recite supplications other than the durood on different occasions? And why would he teach various kinds of supplications to the Companionsra?
“Hence, there are many such supplications mentioned in the ahadith, which the Holy Prophetsa used to recite and also taught them to the Companionsra. This is also the practice that we observe in the blessed life of his ardent devotee, the Promised Messiahas.
“Nevertheless, in light of the saying of the Holy Prophetsa that إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ [actions depend on motives], if someone was to make durood the total sum of all of their supplications and confine them to that alone, with the intention and the optimistic outlook that the durood would become a means of receiving the blessings of Allah the Exalted, then Allah will also treat such a person according to that intention and optimistic outlook, as Allah the Exalted has stated in a hadith-e-qudsi that أَنَا عِنْدَظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي [I treat My servant according to his perception and expectation of Me.].
“Various duroods have been mentioned in the ahadith. Scholars of the ummah have also used various kinds of durood and given them different names. Some of those duroods are lengthy, while others are shorter. The durood that brings more blessings and is more blessed is surely that which was uttered by the blessed tongue of the Holy Prophetsa and one that he taught to his Companions.
“The essence of these matters is a person’s intention, love and attention to how he wishes to absorb the love of Allah the Exalted. Therefore, depending on the intention, love and devotion with which he will carry out these things, his intention and sincerity will surely reach Allah the Exalted.”