Salaam by Imam Ahmed Raza Khan

The salaam by Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Rahmatullahi ‘alaih in Urdu is spontaneous and overflowing as if inspired, and brings out the best of both the ‘aalim (learned scholar) and the kaamil murshid (accomplished spiritual master) in the great Imam. He has composed all types of Muslim religious poetry in Urdu (and some in Farsi) like hamd, munajaat, na’at, gazal, qasaid, rubaiyyat, munqabat, madah, shajjarah, salawaat and mathnawi, all contained in his kitab Hadaaiqi Bakhshish (Gardens of Gifts) but A’la Hadrat as he is affectionately called, will for ever be remembered for his most memorable “salaam” on the Holy Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam which is the longest salaam in any language with 169 verses.

It is so spiritually captivating that you will see tears run down the cheeks of muhibbeen (beloved disciples) as they render it in their melodious voices. It is a complete integrated whole but for purposes of understanding, it can be said to be composed of:

1. Sifat (praise) of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam in general (verses 1 to 32),
2. His physical appearance (verses 33 to 80),
3. His life and times (verses 81 to 107),
4. Sifat of the Ahl u’l Bayt and Sahaba, Rady Allahu ‘Anhum (his family and companions) (verses 108 to 147),
5. Sifat of the awliya and saleheen (the saints and the pious) (verses 148 to 169).

This salaam is unique in that the Imam has sung the praises of the miraculous powers of Muhammad-e-‘Arabi, Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam, as well as the miraculous powers of each of his physical features, for example, his ears, his vision, his blessed mouth, his blessed tongue, his speech and khutbah (sermons), his smile, the mohr Nubuwwah (seal of Prophethood), his arms, and his fingers. The miraculous powers of his fingers is borne out in the following hadith:

Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah (Rady Allahu Anhu): I was with the Holy Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam and the time for the Asr prayer became due. We had no water with us except a little which was put in a vessel and was brought to the Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam. He put his hand into it and spread out his fingers and then said, “Come along! Hurry up! All those who want to perform ablution. The blessing is from Allah”. I saw the water gushing out from his fingers. So the people performed the ablution and drank, and I tried to drink more of that water (beyond my thirst and capacity), for I knew that it was a blessing. The sub-narrator said: I asked Jabir (Rady Allahu Anhu), “How many persons were you then?”. He replied, “We were one thousand four hundred men”. (Bukhari).

The Imam captures this incident in his own inimitable style:

Nur ke chashme lehraen darya bahen
Ungliyon ki karamat pe lakhon salaam.

Fountains of spiritual light, like seas overflowing
Millions of salutations on the miracle of his fingers.

And everyone would respond with the chorus:

Mustafa jaane rahmat pe lakhon salaam
Sham-ay bazme hidayat pe lakhon salaam

Millions of salutations on Mustafa, essence of mercy
Millions of salutations on the light of guidance.

Let us savour 12 selected verses to gain the baraka (blessing) of this salaam (verse numbers are given in brackets).

Fat’he baabe nubuwwat pe bayhad durood
Khatme dauray risaalat pe lakhon salaam

Jis ke aage saraysarwara kham rahe
Us saretaaj rif’at pe lakhon salaam

Jis ke maathe shafa’at ka sehra raha
Us Jabheene sa’adat pe lakhon salaam

Jis taraf uth gaee dham may dham aagaya
Us nigaahe inayat pe lakhon salaam

Wo dahan jis ki har baat wahiye Khuda
Chashmae ilmo hikmat pe lakhon salaam

Wo zabaan jis ko sab kun ki kunjee kahen
Us ki naafaz hukumat pe lakhon salaam

Hajjre Aswad-e Ka’ba-e Jano Dhil
Ya’nee Mohre Nubuwwat pe lakhon salaam

Kul jahan milk aur jaun ki roti gizaa
Us shikan ki qana’at pe lakhon salaam

Jis suhanee garee chamka Tayba ka chaandh
Us dhil afroze sa’at pe lakhon salaam

Unke Maula ke un par karoron durood
Unke as’haab-o-‘itrat pe lakhon salaam

Kaamilaane Tariqat pe kaamil durood
Haamilaane Shariat pe lakhon salaam

Ek mera hee Rahmat pe da’wa naheen
Shah ki saari ummat pe lakhon salaam


Unlimited blessings on the Seal of Prophethood
Millions of salutations on the end of the era of Messengers (13)

Millions of salutations on one crowned with success
Before whom the kings silently stood to attention (34)

The bridegroom garlanded with powers of intercession
Millions of salutations on his immensely good nature (40)

Millions of salutations on that enriching glance
Which brought life in whichever direction it turned (45)

The blessed mouth whose every word was a revelation from Allah
Millions of salutations on the fountain of knowledge and wisdom (55)

The tongue which was the key to all the orders of Allah
Millions of salutations on its well-established governance (58)

Millions of salutations on the seal of Prophethood
Which abides like the Black Stone of the Ka’ba in the heart (66)

He owned the whole world yet fed on barley bread alone
Millions of salutations on that contented appetite (76)

The beautiful moment when Tayba’s moon shone bright
Millions of salutations on that joy-filling moment of his birth (81)

A billion salutations on him from his Lord
Millions of salutations on his companions and offspring (108)

Complete blessings on those who tread the spiritual Path
Millions of salutations on those who live by the Sacred Law (153)

I am not the only one with a claim in his mercy
Millions of salutations on all the followers of that king (167)


This salaam has become so popular among devotees in all Tariqas like the Qadiriyya, Naqshbandiyya and Chishtiyya that many other scholars have composed salaams in Urdu with the same rhyme and rhythm, as for example, Janab Hamid Siddiqi, Mawlana ‘Abdul Masjud Wujud Jabalpuri and Pirzadah Muhammad ‘AbdulSabur Baig Manshur as given in Majmu’a Na’at (Collected Hymns) compiled by Janab Anis Ahmad Nuri Saheb.

Yet other scholars like Janab Akhtar-ul-Hamdi Saheb have made a takhmees of it! In Urdu, it is called tazmeen. They have taken a couplet from A’la Hadrat and prefixed to it three more verses of their own to make it a quintet! The following quintet for example, is developed on the all too familiar verse number 45.

Aur pargaee jis pe mehshar may bakhshaa gaya
Dekha jis simt abray karam chaa gaya
Aur rukh jidhar hogaya zindhagi paa gaya
Jis taraf uth gaee dham may dham aagaya
Us nigaahe inayat pe lakhon salaam.

Those he glances at on the Day of Judgement are saved
Mercy enveloped the direction he looked at
And whichever place he turned to, received life, (indeed)
Millions of salutations on that enriching glance
Which brought life in whichever direction it turned.

Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Rahmatullahi ‘alaih composed yet one more salaam in Urdu with 45 verses, also given in Hadaaiqi Bakhshish (Gardens of Gifts) whose chorus is the universally familiar Yaa Nabi Salaam ‘Alaika. Its opening couplet is:

Mustafa Khairul Waraa Ho
Sarware har Dosaraa Ho
Apne Ach-chon ka Tasadduq
Ham Bhadon ko bhi Nibhaho

Mustafa you are the best of creation
You are the leader of both the worlds
For the sake of your good followers
Take in your fold us sinners as well.

 

Source: http://www.iqra.net/Salaams/salaams7.htm

 

 

Salato Salaam by Naatkhaans Farhaad & Afzal

Eid Milad an Nabi (SAW) in Almere 2007.  www.taibahtv.punt.nl

 

32 Responses to Salaam by Imam Ahmed Raza Khan

  1. Merazul says:

    As’salamu ‘alaikum,

    AlaHazrat’s (Rahmuthulahi Alaih) poems are truely wonders to behold.

    One for the four Imams (Radi’Allahu Ta’ala Anhum):

    SHAFI’I, MALIK, AHMAD, IMAM E HANEEF
    CHAAR BAAGHE IMAMAT PE LAKHON SALAAM

    Imam Shafi’, Malik, Ahmad and Abu Hanifa
    a million salutations on the four gardens of Imamat

    May Allah Ta’ala make us true lovers of the Beloved Prophet (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam).

  2. Ashiq-E-Rasool says:

    Hazrat Akhtar Raza Khan(Radi Allahu Anhu) Barelvi..great grandson of Aala Hazrat(Radi Allahu Anhu) is my Peer O Murshid.

    Aala Hazrat’s Grandsons have so much Noor on there face I m Imagening how much Noor will be on Ala Hazrat’s face.

    Any local man who dont now about Darvesh’s can also See Hazrat Akhtar Raza Khan(Radi Allahu Anhu) n will say he is a Darvesh.

  3. Syed Mansoor Shah says:

    Mohtaram Dost, Assalam-o-Alaikum,

    Aala Hazrat ke tamaam maktoobat, aur Na’at-e-Shareef kisi ek jagah ONLINE, Urdu text main mil sakti hain???

    Agar koi link maloom ho to zaroor irsal karein, aur indAllah Ma’ajoor hooN.

    Shukriya,

  4. Khurram Hameed says:

    Salam!

    Question: what is the date of birth Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) & What is date of Death Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH)

  5. Madina Aanai Waala Hai Insha Allah says:

    Assalamu Alaikum !

    Ashiq-E-Rasool
    You have written Radi Allahu Anhu instead of Muddazilhul Aalia… May I know the reason ?

    This is what you have written :

    Hazrat Akhtar Raza Khan(Radi Allahu Anhu) Barelvi..great grandson of Aala Hazrat(Radi Allahu Anhu) is my Peer O Murshid.

    Murshidi Akhtar Raza Khan Muddazil Hul Aalia is our Murshid also Alhamdulilah.

  6. rizwan ahmad qadri says:

    assalamalikum, ALHUMDOLILLAH

  7. Assalamoe Alaikum wa rahmatullah

    Mashallah you are doing a great work for the Maslak-e-Aala Hazrat, May Allah give you strength to continue this good work. I thought I should let you know that I am presently doing research on Allah Hazrat for my M.A.R. at the university of Leeds on Aala Hazrat’s Prophetology due for completion later this year inshallah, I request for all brothers for their prayers inshallah. thank you and keep up the good work. Allaho Ma’ak.

    Wassalam

    Rizvi

  8. Assalam o Alaikom

    Dear Paul, as you have stated:
    “yet one more salaam in Urdu with 45 verses, also given in Hadaaiqi Bakhshish (Gardens of Gifts) whose chorus is the universally familiar Yaa Nabi Salaam ‘Alaika. Its opening couplet is:

    Mustafa Khairul Waraa Ho
    Sarware har Dosaraa Ho
    Apne Ach-chon ka Tasadduq
    Ham Bhadon ko bhi Nibhaho”

    I wanted to inform you that MUSTAFA KHAIR-UL-WARA HO was written by Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi but the Salam YA NABI SALAM ALAIKA was written by Akbar Alahbadi. You’ll not find YA NABI SALAM ALAIKA in Hadaiq-e-Bakhshish. You can find this salam in the poetry of Akbar Alahbadi. Please make this correction.

  9. Ismail ballo says:

    This message is highly excellence. Jazakumulahu khaera

  10. Shaikh Mohammed Muzammil Mohammed Tayyab says:

    Ala hazrat (radiallaha tala anhu) ki naat sharif me kuchh aise words bhi hote hain jo samajh ne mein mushkil hota hai kya aap mujhe koi aisi kitab bata sakte hain jis mein naat sharif ke ashaar ke saath unke meanings aur sarkar ala hazrat (radi allahu tala anhu) ne unhe kis pas manzar mein likha hain. DAAL DI QALB MEIN AZMAT -E-MUSTAFA SAYYIDI ALA HAZRAT PE LAKHON SALAAM.

    • Rizvi says:

      Assalamo Alaikum wa rahmatullah

      janabe Waala, hope you are keeping well, actually there are a few books in the market available in the UK , book sellers like in bradford namely The Book Centre on White Abbey Rd, BD3? the whole SHarah of Hadaiqe-Bahshish is available in 25 volumes from Pakistan and other smaller and yet simplier editions are for example by:
      1. Tahqeeqi aur Adabi Jaiza ma’a Hada’iqe Bahshish by Janab Shams Barelwi is probably a good book to start with.

    • Mohd Hussain says:

      DAAL DI QALB MEIN AZMAT -E-MUSTAFA SAYYIDI ALA HAZRAT PE LAKHON SALAAM.

      ye kalam alahazrat ke manne walon ne banai hai na k alahazrat Imam Ahlesunnat ne likhi hai Qalb se Muraad hai Dil .
      Maana hua Daal Di Dil me azmate mustafa SAYYIDI ALA HAZRAT PE LAKHON SALAAM.

  11. shaikh mahammed muzammil mohammed tayyab says:

    Assalam-o- alaikum wa rahmatullah
    janab rizvi bhai allah tala aap ko jaza-e khair ata farmaye;
    aap ne jis kitab ka zikr kiya yani tahqeeqi aur adabi jaiza ma’a hada’iqe
    bakhshish ; kya ye kitab india mein available hain.
    REHNUMA-E-RAAH-E-JANNAT HAI TERA NAKSH-E- QADAM;
    RAAH-E- JANNAT TAIY NA HOGI TERA RASTA CHHOD KAR.
    MUTTAQI BAN KAR DIKHAYE IS ZAMANE ME KOI;
    EK MERE MUFTI-E-AZAM KA TAQWA CHHOD KAR.

  12. Muhammad Kamran Khan Ghauri says:

    Assalam Alaikum,

    Subhan Allah
    Ya Allah Banaday Mera Madfan Madinay Ki Matti Mein,
    Dekho Jaha Say Hardam, Mein Roza e Rasool (S.A.W.W)

  13. MOHAMMAD RAZI says:

    SHUBHANALLAH ALHAMDULLILAH

  14. azam says:

    Dear sir Asalamoalaikum .I have recited Salameraza ,Qasida ghausia & other naate pak etc ( all in English ) the same The multilingual VCD was published in 2006 but we could not able to convey the matter to desire person due short of appropriate media and financial support please supplicate for divine acceptance . Azam

  15. shoaib raza qadri says:

    i m also a big fan of imam ahmed raza khan

  16. Iqbal Mathen says:

    i want to become a mureed of Taajushariah(ra) after hearing his voice my inner feeling invokes me that he is the person who i am searching to be a peer.
    and i would like to ask could you send me a link where i get salaams only
    Plz help me.

    • MUZZAMIL says:

      AKHTARUL AWALIYA SHA AKHTAR RAZA
      UNKI HAR EK ADA SUNNAT-E-MUSTAFA(SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALAM)
      UNKI NOORANI SURAT PE LAKHOO SALAM
      UNKI NOORANI SIRAT PE LAKHOO SALAM.

  17. kashif_enjoy@yahoo.com says:

    iiman ki hifazat karna bataya aapne,imam ahmed raza yeh ahsan hai aapka….maslake a,ala hazrat zindabad.

  18. qadri aur rizvi kutta says:

    kis kis ne ala hazrat ki zindagi ka mutala’aa kiya hai bhaiyon ala hazrat ki shasiyyat ko jis ne nahi jana wo mukammal sunni hai hi nahi kyu ke daal di qalb me azmate mustafa sayyedi ala hazrat pe lakhon salam aur mai mureede tajushri’aa hu isi liye to kehta hu k naam jin ka mubaraka hai akhtar raza unki noorani soorat pe lakhoon salam
    duaon me yaad rakhna bhaiyon is qadri aur rizvi kutte ko

  19. qadri aur rizvi kutta says:

    sunniyat ki jaan ala hazrat

  20. MUZZAMIL says:

    HUM GHULAM-E-AKHTAR RAZA KOI BHI HUM SE JITA NAHI HAI.

  21. Asad says:

    jis Raza ne likha aisa pyara salam
    us ke noorani turbat pa lakho(n) salam

  22. Naveed Ahamed says:

    Can somebody provide me the english Translation of Hadaiq e Bakhshish

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