Attahiyat it is a part of the discussion between Our Creator Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ during his journey of Al Isra Wal Miraj.
At the point when Prophet Muhammad ﷺ met Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, he didn’t say ‘Assalam aleikum’. How can some one send peace on Allah because all sources of peace are through Him.
So Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:
” ﺍَﻟﺘَﺤِﻴَّﺎﺕُﻟِﻠَّﻪِ ﻭَﺍﻟﺼَّﻠَﻮَﺍﺕُ ﻭَﺍﻟﻄَّﻴِّﺒَﺎﺕُ ”
“Attahiyyaatu Lillahi Was Salawatu Wattayyibatu”
(All compliments, all prayer and worship are for Allah)
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala replied:
ﺍﻟﺴَّﻠَﺎﻡُ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻚَ ﺃَﻳُّﻬَﺎ ﺍﻟﻨَّﺒِﻲُّ ﻭَﺭَﺣْﻤَﺔُ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﻭَﺑَﺮَﻛَﺎﺗُﻪُ
“Assalamu Alaika Ayyuhannabiyyu ‘Warahmatullahi
(Peace be upon you, Oh Prophet and Allah’s Mercy and Blessings).
To this, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ replied:
ﺍﻟﺴَّﻠَﺎﻡُ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻨَﺎ ﻭَﻋَﻠَﻰ ﻋِﺒَﺎﺩِ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﺍﻟﺼَّﺎﻟِﺤِﻴﻦَ
“Assalamu Alaina Wa’ala’Ibadillahis Saa’liheen”
(Peace be on us and on all good slaves of Allah)
Note: Prophet Muhammad ﷺ included “us” in his reply… (and on all good slaves of Allah)
And listening to this conversation between Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger ﷺ , the Angels said:
ﺃَﺷْﻬَﺪُ ﺃَﻥْ ﻟَﺎ ﺇِﻟَﻪَ ﺇِﻟَّﺎ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪُ ﻭَﺣْﺪَﻩُ ﻟَﺎ ﺷَﺮِﻳﻚَ ﻟَﻪُ ﻭَﺃَﺷْﻬَﺪُ ﺃَﻥَّ ﻣُﺤَﻤَّﺪًﺍ ﻋَﺒْﺪُﻩُ ﻭَﺭَﺳُﻮﻟُﻪ
“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).
Attahiyat Recitation :
I now understand the importance of this conversation in our daily prayers and how the Salat was prescribed to us. Share with others please. JazakAllah Khair