Let’s know about Attahiyat lillahi was salawatu. We will read Attahiyat Dua in Arabic and Attahiyat prayer in English.
Obligatory Parts of Salah:
We are aware of the fact that there are seven mandatory parts of salah or Fardh of salah.
The mentioned above means missing any part out of these invalidates salah. The importance of Aattahiyat can assess from the fact that it constitutes one of the following obligatory parts of Salah.
1. Takbir Tahrimah
6. Qa’dah Akhirah / Tashahhud
Although we are aware of all these necessary parts of salah, and we routinely perform all of these elements, yet have you ever thought about the significance of this beautiful division of salah in these distinct steps? I’m sure you have not.
It’s challenging to cover all these steps in a single sitting, so that we will discuss today’s importance of Tashahhud or, more specifically, the significance of Attahiyat, Insha ALLAH.
What is Atthiyat?
Attahiyat is a very important ‘Dua’ we repeat in our daily prayers. It is the specific dua we recite in a prescribed way at the end of the last Rak’ah of the Prayer. A simple analogy can help us understand the importance of Attahiyaat. Every good story, speech, article, or even a meeting ends at the final and essential most note. While salah is a meeting between a man and his Creator ALLAH SWT., it is justified to expect something marvelous to end such a purposeful and extraordinary session. That is why salaah ends with a powerful praise cum dua.
Attahiyat in Arabic:
التَّحِيَّاتُ لِلَّهِ، وَالصَّلَوَاتُ وَالطَّيِّبَاتُ، السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ، السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَى عِبَادِ اللَّهِ الصَّالِحِينَ وأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
Attahiyat in English:
Attahiyat in English is here in English translation.
All dominion and greatness is for Allah, and all the prayers, and all good speech and action is for Him. Peace be upon you O Prophet, and likewise the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings. And peace be upon us, and upon the pious servants of Allah.  I testify that there is none who has the right to be worshiped except Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.
I am sure that most of us are unaware that Attahiyat is a part of the conversation between Our Creator Allah and our beloved Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) during his journey of Al Isra Wal Miraj!
Yes, it is!
Meeting of Hazrat Muhammad(PBUH) with Allah:
When Prophet Muhammad Sallalahualayhiwasallam met Allah, he didn’t say ‘Assalam Aleikum.’ What is someone going to say when he meets Allah? We can’t wish HIM peace because ALL sources of order are through HIM.So Prophet Muhammad Sallalahualayhiwasallam said:
“Attahiyyaatu Lillahi Was Salawatu Wattayyibatu” (All compliments, all prayer and worship are for Allah).
“Assalamu Alaika Ayyuhannabiyyu ‘Warahmatullahi Wabarka’tuhu” (Peace be upon you, Oh Prophet and Allah’s Mercy and Blessings).
To this, Prophet Muhammad PBUH responded:
“Assalamu Alaina Wa’ala’Ibadillahis Saa’liheen” (Peace be on us and on all good slaves of Allah)
Note* Prophet Muhammad PBUH included “us” in his reply… (and on all good slaves of Allah)
And listening to this conversation between Allah and His Messenger PBUH, the Angels said:
“Ash’had’u’un La ilahaillallahu Wa Ash’hadu Anna Muhammadun Abd’uhu Wa Rasooluh”
(I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship except Allah And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger).
Why is Attahiyat in our Prayer?
SubhanAllah!!!!! Such a beautiful concoction of salutations, Duas, and blessings involving ALLAH, His beloved Prophet Muhammad, and His angels. Even during such an overwhelming conversation, Prophet Muhammad did not forget to mention his ummah and deliver blessings and peace to his ummah.
Now I understand the importance of Attahiyat and this conversation In our daily prayers and how Salah is prescribed.
Indeed, no word is as beautiful as Allah, no example as beautiful as Rasulallah(SAW). And No lesson as beautiful as Islam, no encyclopedia as perfect as Al-Quran, no prayer as perfect as Salah (Namaz), no charity as meaningful as Zakat, no diet as complete as fasting, and no song as lyrical as Adhaan. It’s just we who often fail to discover the beauty in every dimension of Islam.
Now it’s your job to pass this message to others and READ THIS DU’A FOR a BETTER LIFE.