Mercy on Friday

August 3, 2007 § 15 Comments

There is a hadith mentioned in the shadhili saint Shaykh al-Jazuli’s dalail-i khayrat (Guide of Good Deeds) that relates the Prophet (may Allah praise and venerate him and grant him peace) saying,

“Whosoever asks Allah one hundred times to praise me on a Friday will be forgiven the sins of eighty years.”

This is a Mercy from our Lord that we should not ignore. So be sure to ask Allah to praise our Prophet (may Allah praise and venerate him and grant him peace). Thats two down for me and ninety-eight to go.

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§ 15 Responses to Mercy on Friday

  • Fran says:

    Whata beautiful way to approach the day… To approach life itself.
    Salaam – Fran

  • Leena says:

    It’s nice but is it true?

  • Saifuddin says:


    as-salaamu ‘alaikum, Leena, inshaAllah its true remember Allah ta ‘ala said,

    “Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.” (33:56)

    In addition, an insightful bit of advice from Yursil on the matter is that,

    “If following the Sunnah of Allah and Angels is not enough to clear sins, then we are left hopeless.”

    All of the above is enough for me.

  • Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    I don’t think I had heard this one before… or if I did I forgot. There are so many opportunities that Allah has opened to us to obtain blessings and mercy, so many simple small things we can do for which He has promised us large reward, but we neglect them and forget about them.

  • – bismillah
    I must try it as I think about why (?) I am praying praise upon him for shouldering the weight of revelation and our real introduction to and knowlege of A Brave New World, where Allah is in charge so Mohammed is worthy of Praise just for that, regardless of the dues he paid, trying to teach people in America who have hard heads.
    – imam wali
    Fiqh before Tariqah

  • Saifuddin says:


    as-salaamu ‘alaikum,

    Thank you for coming to my blog Imam Wali. I have viewed your website and see that you are “studying the Sufi path”. Thats great! But I’m not sure I follow you when you say,

    “Mohammed is worthy of Praise just for that, regardless of the dues he paid, trying to teach people in America who have hard heads.”

    I’m not following you here could you please explain? Oh, and I noticed your tagline under your signature reads, “Fiqh before Tariqah”, its interesting because this is a common misunderstanding that may occur with these authors of sufi literature today. They make Sufis and Sufism out to be some fantastic sensationalist phenomena that one learns when they have exhausted all possibilities. This is not the truth, it is however the case for most people due to the conditions of their own egos, which you can see for yourself in my own life by reading the post, Bayat and the Birth of Saifuddin.

    In actuality if it wasn’t for our own egos this would not be the case at all. It takes a great deal of humility to even step that first step onto the Sufi path and even more so thereafter. However, the approach you have taken concerning fiqh and tariqat is in my opinion the wrong approach. And I will explain why.

    Many Islamic scholars have indeed used Western models forged with Islamic references to explain the dos and don’ts of the religion. I think this is one of the worst mistakes that leader can make. The assumption is that “learning” is reading. And “practice” is implementation. This is what is being expressed by Hamza Yusuf in his Agenda to Change Our Condition where he writes,

    “A sound creed must be acquired, followed by the basic knowledge of prayer, zakat, fasting and pilgrimage. As you learn, practice what you learn. When this is mastered, move on to the rules of marriage, buying and selling, and other relevant sections of sacred law, as your needs dictate.

    But what is being explained here can be taken in two ways. And for most people across the world there is only one of the two options available within their realm of thinking, that being the Western model of learning. However, this model requires literacy! So you have to ask yourself is this the sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.), an ummi? Weren’t most of the Companions (r.a.) of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) ummi? So how is this model sunnah? Simple answer its not its bidah!

    In tariqah or tariqat (a Turkish variant) you learn by example, you are corrected by an expert and you practice while you learn. To assume that fiqh is somehow separate from tariqat is simply a misunderstanding of tariqat. Just ask Alex Andalus about the zabiha slaughter he witnessed a week ago. If you have ever read about the fiqhi prescriptions for a zabiha slaughter you know that there are very specific methods. However, in just reading these methods one would find himself torturing several poor animals before having a successful zabiha.

    But under rightly guided instruction one can perform or at least participate in a successful zabiha first shot! That is to say that, this is the case for Islam, the sunnat and all fiqh prescriptions and that tariqat is the most effective method to “learn and practice what you learn” as Hamza Yusuf has described.

  • john kactuz says:

    Use your brains.

    First of all, the text basically says that Islam’s prophet is a narcistic hypocrite, suffering from a base case of “Incurvatus in se.”

    Second, so a Muslim can kill, torture and rape, but in one hour on a Friday he can have all this forgiven? Where is the logic?

    Muslims have no common sense. The standards that apply to the rest of the world don’t apply to them, much less to their dear prophet. Muslims don’t even know the own their own writings (Quran and ahadith). They want to think that Islam is what they want it to be, not what it is and what the original sources say.

    Just once I would like to find a Muslim that is honest about these things. In case you don’t know, the ahadith and all the early works of Islam (Buhkari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tabari, Ibn Sa’d, Ibn Ishaq, Kathir, Hisham, etc…). tell us that Mohammed did terrible, vile deeds. Yet not only do Muslims not acknowledge this, they even say “Praise be unto him” after his name and consider him to be a great moral example. That may explain the terror thing.
    Forget the fancy words and use common sense, for a change.

    Think, people, think!


  • zhilaal says:

    That last comment was very eloquent and defined tasawwuf very well. It’s true that tasawwuf and sufism can be distorted by a lot of the followers which leads to these misconceptions. One may just look at the ‘shrine’ in Ajmer India and people associate these bid’ahs with tasawwuf. I personally found the scholars of Deoband to be the embodiments of what you describe in your post and they worked tirelessly to eradicate false notions that had entered sufism.

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  • storbakken says:

    What if you don’t believe what you’re saying yet you ask Allah to praise Muhammed 100 times on Friday? Are you still forgiven for 80 years of sins?

  • Saifuddin says:


    Well storbakken that would be insincere, and Islam is known as al-din al-khalis, the sincere religion. But go ahead, I urge you to continue to ask Allah to praise Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) and you may just find that one day you are saying it sincerely and yield the results of sincere worship.

  • storbakken says:


    I have already been atoned for all my past, present and future sins by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. I don’t believe that recitation, magical incantations or rituals can save a person from damnation, but only a genuine faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Saifuddin says:



    Then why would you ask in the first place?

  • storbakken says:

    I was hoping to find a sense of the reasoning employed in this type of belief.

  • Saifuddin says:


    storbakken you wrote,

    “I was hoping to find a sense of the reasoning employed in this type of belief.”

    Yet the sense of reasoning begins with Faith in the One God the Merciful the Beneficent, the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.). If you do not have Faith in the Qur’an or the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) how could you begin to find the reasoning you seek?

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