IS IT SHIRK TO RECITE THIS DAROOD?

All praise be to Allah.

Most of our Muslim brothers and sisters recite this Durood in order to attain blessing s of Allah taala. The durood is:

“ALLAHUMA SALL-E-WASALLIM ‘ALAA SAYEDINA MOHAMMADIN QAD DAQAT HEELATI ADRIKNI YA RASOOL ALLAH "

The question is is this durood shrik?

Yes, it is counted as a shrik. It is because through this durood a person is seeking the help of Messenger of Allah(Peace be upon him) and complains about his situation to him(peace be upon him). This implies that a believer has a belief that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) can hear them and help them, which is not true, as only Allah is capable of such things.

He does not know the unseen, and he does not possess the power to cause harm or bring benefits to himself or to others. Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):

“Say (O Muhammad): “I possess no power over benefit or hurt to myself except as Allaah wills. If I had the knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth” (al-A’raaf 7:188)

“And your Lord said: “Invoke Me [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation)” (Ghaafir 40:60)

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor)” (al-Baqarah 2:186)

Hence a person must not call on anyone except Allah and must not seek the help of anyone except Him. Calling someone else, even if that is our beloved Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) is a big shrik. Believers must not seek anyone's help other than Allah. Allaah alone is the One in Whose hand is sovereignty and goodness, and He is Able to do all things.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):

“Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any ilaah (god) with Allaah? Little is that you remember!” (al-Naml 27:62)

“Say: None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah” (al-Naml 27:65)

Therefore we must not recite this Durood in order to keep oneself from shrik. Loving Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) doesn't give us freedom to ask him for the things that are attributes of Allah.

And Allah knows best.