Once, a woman wrote a letter to Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) wherein she mentioned that she began reciting Aayat Kareemah in abundance. She mentioned in the letter that after reciting the aayat in abundance for many days, she began to experience dizziness and perceived a lot of heat in her body. As a result, she felt unwell and did not know what to do.
In response, Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned that she should rather recite durood shareef in abundance. The reason is that Aayat Kareemah is a strong wazeefah, and when recited in abundance, it creates heat in the body. As far as durood shareef is concerned, it is a wazeefah that has a moderate (and light) effect on the body.
Hazrat Sheikh (rahimahullah) thereafter mentioned that these wazeefahs should not be carried out independently at one’s own discretion, rather they should be carried out under the supervision of an experienced Sheikh. (Carrying out wazeefahs independently at one’s own discretion can have an adverse effect on one’s body and health, as one does not know the effect of the wazeefah as well as the endurance of one’s body.)
(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 481)
Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah) mentioned the following:
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahimahullah) had prepared a kitaab named “Nashr-ut-Teeb” in regard to the love of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The entire kitaab revolves around love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and through reading this kitaab, one can gauge the deep love within the heart of the author for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).
During the time when Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahimahullah) was engaged in the compilation of Nashr-ut-Teeb, Thanabowan (the town in which Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) resided) was afflicted by a plague. It was noticed that on the day when Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) wrote any portion of this kitaab, there would be no reports of people passing away due to the plague. However, on the day when Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) did not write any portion of the kitaab, reports of many people passing away would be heard. When this observation reached Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) via many people, he would not leave out writing this kitaab on any day. It was through the barakah (blessings) of writing about the great virtues and esteemed position of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) during that time that Allah Ta‘ala caused the plague to come to an end.
After mentioning the above incident, Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah) concluded:
The recitation of abundant durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is extremely beneficial in repelling calamities and disasters. Through reciting a single durood, one’s rank is elevated by ten stages, ten good deeds are recorded in one’s account, and ten sins are forgiven. Additionally, through reciting abundant durood, one is trying to fulfill the right of love which he owes to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).
Aadaab-e-Ishq-e-Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) pg. 11
Engaging in Durood at the Time of an Epidemic
Reciting One Hundred Durood after Fajr and Maghrib
عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من صلى علي مئة صلاة حين يصلي الصبح قبل أن يتكلم قضى الله تعالى له مئة حاجة يعجل له منها ثلاثين ويدخر له سبعين وفي المغرب مثل ذلك قالوا: وكيف الصلاة عليك يا رسول الله قال: إن الله وملئٰكته يصلون على النبي يأيها الذين آمنوا صلوا عليه وسلموا تسليما اللهم صل على محمد حتى تعد مئة (القول البديع ص364)
Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who recites one hundred durood upon me immediately after performing the fajr salaah, before speaking, Allah Ta‘ala will fulfill one hundred of his needs. Allah Ta‘ala will hasten the fulfillment of thirty needs (in this world), Allah Ta‘ala will keep the fulfillment of seventy in store for the Hereafter, and similar will be the case if one recites the durood after the maghrib salaah (i.e. one will receive the same virtue).” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) enquired, “How should we recite durood upon you, O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to recite the following durood one hundred times:
إِنَّ الله وَمَلئِٰكَتَهُ يُصَلُّوْنَ عَلٰى النِّبِيِّ يٰأَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوْا صَلُّوْا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوْا تَسْلِيْمًا اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى مُحَمَّد