“The Salutation of the Crowning Adornment” [salatu-t tajiyyah] is a benediction that has found universal fame. It was written by Habib Abu Bakr b. Salim, Allah illuminate his resting abode, who is laid to rest in Aynat, Hadramawt. He is known by the epithet, “honour of creation” [fakhru-l wujud]. His saintliness and piety is widely acknowledged.
This salutation is an overflowing spring of blessings and is certainly one of the favourite benedictions of all lovers of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace. Many saints [awliya] and pious [salihin] have embraced Salatu-t Taj as part of their daily litany and attained much Enabling Grace [tawfiq] as a result.
The benefits of this prayer are so vast that they cannot be completely encompassed. Its recitation brings the reader purity of heart, clarity of intellect and vision of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace. Regular recitation increases sustenance, protects from the evils of magic and jinn, and removes calamities.
The many references to the blessed night journey and ascension to the Heavens [al-isra wa-l mi’raj] of the Holy Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, makes this benediction a favourite to be recited on the night of 27th Rajab, wherein that momentous event is widely believed to have happened.
Success is from Allah!
Arabic text & English translation
The Salutation of the Crowning Adornment
By the honour of creation, our master & guide,
Habib Abu Bakr ibn Salim
In the name of Allah, the Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate
O Allah, bestow blessings upon our master and patron, Muhammad; the owner of the crown, the ascent, the Burāq, and the standard. [He is] the thwarter of affliction, disease, drought, illness, and pain. His name is written on high, served, and engraved in the Tablet and the Pen. [He is] the leader of all – Arabs and non-Arabs.
His body is sanctified, fragrant, pure, and illumined in the house and the sanctuary. [He is] the sun of brightness, the full moon in darkness, the foremost one in the highest fields, the light of guidance, the cave of refuge for mortals, the lamp that dispels the night. [He is] the best-natured one, the intercessor of nations. [He is] the owner of munificence and generosity.
And Allah is his Protector, Gabriel is his servant, the Burāq is his mount, the Ascent is his voyage, the Lote-Tree of the Furthermost Boundary is his station. And two Bow-Lengths or nearer is his desire; his desire is his goal; and he has reached his goal.
[He is] master of the Messengers, seal of the Prophets, intercessor for sinners, bosom friend of strangers, mercy to the worlds, respite of those who burn with love, goal of those who yearn, sun of Gnostics, guiding lamp of seekers, illumination of those in close proximity, beloved of the poor, strangers and destitute.
[He is] master of humans and jinn, Prophet of the two sanctuaries, leader of the two Qiblas, our means [to salvation] in the two abodes, owner of “two Bow-Lengths or nearer”, beloved of the Lord of the two Easts and the two Wests, grandfather of al-Ḥasan and al-Ḥusain, our patron and the patron of humans and jinn.
[He is] Abu l-Qāsim MUḤAMMAD, son of ‘Abdullah, a radiant light from the Life-Giving Luminosity of Allah. O you who yearn for the radiance of his beauty! Send blessings and utmost greetings of peace upon him, his family and companions.
And Allah is the Guide!