We recite the at-tahiyyat in our salah in our sitting position after sujjud, after every two rakahs in all our prayers. What is the significance of the words we recite? The Tashahhud التَّحِيَّاتُ لِلَّهِ وَالصَّلَوَاتُ وَالطَّيِّبَاتُ، السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ، السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَى عِبَادِ اللَّهِ الصَّالِحِينَ، أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ At-tahiyyatu Lillahi wa-salawatu wa’t-tayyibat, as-salamu ‘alayka ayyuha’n-Nabiyyu wa rahmat-Allahi wa barakatuhu. As-salamu ‘alayna wa ‘alaa ‘ibad-Illah is-saliheen. ashhadu alla ilaha illallah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasuluhu All the best compliments and the prayers and the good things are for Allah. Peace and Allah’s Mercy and Blessings be on you, O Prophet! Peace be on us and on the pious slaves of Allah, I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and I also testify that Muhammad is Allah’s slave and His Apostle.” (Bukhari) What is tahiyyaat? Tahiyaat is the plural of tahiya which means to greet someone one. It is the way we greet Allah. We do not say ‘Hello’ or ‘Salam’ when we converse with Allah Almighty, we respect and glorify Him. And we show Him our gratitude through the words which the Prophet (peace be on him) taught us. After this, we send greetings to the Prophet (peace be on him). Even though he is in his grave, by saying, as-salamu ‘alayka ayyuha’n-Nabiyyu wa rahmat-Allahi wa barakatuhu. In the authentic hadith the Prophet (peace be on him) said: The prophets are alive in their grave. (Abu Ya’la and Bayhaqi) Their status is different from ours and this is why we send salutations to him, even though he has passed away. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (peace be on him) said: There is no one who … Continue reading What is the meaning and significance of At-Tahiyyat in the salah?
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