اَﻟﺘﱠﺤِﻴﱠﺎتُ اﻟْﻤُﺒَﺎرَكَاتُ اﻟﺼﱠﻠَﻮَاتُ اﻟﻄﱠﻴﱢﺒَﺎتُ ﻟِﻠّﻪِ ، اَﻟﺴﱠﻼمُ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻚَ أَﻳــﱡﻬَﺎ اﻟﻨﱠﺒِﻲﱡ وَرَﺣْﻤَﺔُ اﷲِ وَبَركَاﺗُﻪُ، اَﻟﺴﱠﻼمُ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻨَﺎ وَﻋَﻠَﻰ ﻋِﺒَﺎدِ اﷲِ اﻟﺼﱠﺎﻟِﺤِﻴْﻦَ ، أَﺷْﻬَﺪُ أَنْ ﻻﱠ إِﻟَﻪَ إِﻻﱠ اﷲُ وَأَﺷْﻬَﺪُ أَنﱠ ﻣُﺤَﻤﱠﺪًا رﱠﺳُﻮْلُ اﷲِ
All verbal praises that are full of blessings, physical praises and monetary devotions are for Allah Ta’ala. May the special peace of Allah Ta’ala descend upon you, O Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and Allah’s choicest mercies and blessings. May peace descend upon us and upon all the pious servants of Allah Ta’ala. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah Ta’ala, and I bear witness that Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is His servant and messenger.
Travelling for a Single Hadith
Kathir bin Qais narrates: “I was once sitting with Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallaho anho) in a musjid in Damascus, when a person came to him and said, O Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallaho anho), I have travelled all the way from Madinah Tayyibah to acquire one Hadith from you, as I have learnt that you have heard it directly from Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).”
Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallaho anho) asked: “Do you have any other work in Damascus?” The person replied: “No.” (i.e. I have only come to Damascus to acquire the Hadith.) Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallaho anho) asked again: “Are you sure that you have no other work in Damascus?” The person again replied: “I have come to this place with the sole purpose of learning this Hadith.” Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallaho anho) then said: “Listen, I have heard Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying, ‘Allah Ta’ala eases the way to Paradise for the one who traverses some distance to seek knowledge. The angels spread their wings under his feet, and all the things in the heavens and the earth (even the fish in the water) make duaa to Allah Ta’ala for his forgiveness. The superiority and high rank of a person possessing Deeni knowledge over a person engaged in worship (without having Deeni knowledge) is like the superiority of the moon over the stars. The Ulama are the inheritors of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). The legacy of Ambiyaa (Alaihimus salaam) is neither gold nor silver. Rather, their legacy is the knowledge of Deen. A person who acquires Deeni knowledge has certainly acquired great wealth.” (Fazaail Aamaal)
يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ