TAQWA on TUBE
Part 4: Darud (‘Salutations on the Prophet’)
The tube can be crowded, uncomfortable and as every Londoner knows too well – very expensive! But this 253 mile passageway snaking under the capital with its innumerable contrarians, offers a believer moments of respite in which to augment their taqwa. When possible – especially on the rare times of few passengers – one can recite darud on our blessed Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace). The best of creation mentioned regarding imparting salutations upon him: “…whoever imparts one salutation on me. Allah imparts on him ten salutations and ten mistakes are erased and ten rewards are given…”
عن أنس بن مالک رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول اﷲ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم من صليّ عَلَيَّ صلاةً واحدةً صلي اﷲ عليه عشر صلوات و حُطَّتْ عنه عشر خطيئات و رفعت له عشر درجات
Thus, one should take comfort – and the opportunity – in the immense reward in imparting salutations on our Beloved and knowing full well that sincerely recited it will reach him and he will respond (Allah bless him and grant him peace). It can be recited softly or to one’s self and is easy to do and hence make it a means of focussing on reward instead of distraction.
And with Allah is all success.
 See al-Nasa’i, Sunan (#1297); Ahmad, Musnad, 3/261 and Ibn Hibban, Sahih, vol.3, p.198 (#901). The fada’il (‘merits’) of reciting darud are incomparable and the narrations regarding it are well-documented and numerous in our literature.