Of all the supplications recited by Muslims around the world, perhaps the most oft-repeated are the supplications connected with the five daily prayers, among which is the closing supplication called the al-Salat al-Ibrahimiyya, or the Abrahamic Prayer, which extols our master Muhammad Seal of the Prophets, May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his Purified Family, and links him to Prophet Ibrahim, Peace be upon him, described in the Qur'an as “a nation unto himself.”
This commentary on the Abrahamic Prayer, taken from Sheikh Yusuf al-Nabahani’s Sa‘adat al-darayn fi al-salat ‘ala Sayyid al-kawnayn (Felicity in the Two Abodes Through Prayers upon the Master of the Two Realms), examines each phrase of the closing supplication and sheds light on their inner and outer meanings.
**What does it mean to “send prayers” upon the Prophet, May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him?
**What is the meaning of the name 'Muhammad' and what are its unique features?
**Who are the Prophet Muhammad’s, May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, Family and why are they mentioned in our prayers?
**Why is Prophet Ibrahim, Peace be upon him, included in the supplication?
**And what is the meaning of blessings when it comes to the master of the first and the last?
These questions and more are discussed in this work, with Sheikh Yusuf al-Nabahani’s, may Allah be pleased with him, noted spiritual depth, love, and erudition, and is sure to provide the reader with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the subtleties and meanings of the supplication, and bring in turn, Allah willing, an improvement in one’s prayers.