Salat al-Taj (the Prayer of the Crown), or Darood Taj as it’s commonly known in the Indian subcontinent, is a well-known prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ which was composed by Shaykh Abu Bakr bin Salim. Shaykh Abu Bakr was a scholar and gnostic born in the town of Tarim in the Hadhramaut Valley of South Yemen on 13 Jumada al-Thani in 919 AH (corresponding to Saturday August 16, 1513 CE). Among his titles was Fakhr al Wujud, meaning “the Pride of Existence”.
Arabic, Transliteration and Translation
O Allah, send prayers upon our master and patron Muhammad, the possessor of the crown, the Mi’raj, the Buraq and the flag, the repeller of hardships, epidemics, droughts, diseases and pain. His name is written, exalted, combined and engraved upon the tablet and pen. The master of both Arabs and non-Arabs, whose body is sanctified, fragrant, pure and illuminated in the House and the Sanctuary.
He is the bright sun, the full moon of the dark night, the foremost in loftiness, the light of guidance, the cave of refuge for mankind, the lantern in darkness. He is of beautiful character, the intercessor for nations, the possessor of graciousness and generosity.
Allah is his protector, Gabriel his servant, the Buraq his mount, the Mi’raj his voyage, the Lote Tree of the Uppermost Limit his station, two bows’ length or nearer the object of his quest; that which is sought is that which he desires and that which he desires is that which he finds.
He is the master of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets, the intercessor of sinners, the comforter of strangers, the mercy for the worlds, the delight of divine lovers, the object of yearning, the sun of the gnostics, the lamp for travellers upon the path to Allah, the lantern of those brought near, the lover of the poor, the strangers and the destitute.
The master of the two weighty things (humans and Jinn), the Prophet of the two sanctuaries, the Imam of the two Qiblas, our means of salvation in both abodes, the one at two bows length, the beloved of the Lord of the two Easts and the two Wests, the grandfather of Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn, our protector and the protector of the two worlds, the Father of Qasim, Muhammad, the son of Abdullah, a light from the light of Allah.
O you who yearns for the light of his beauty, invoke abundant blessings and peace upon him, his family and Companions.
Since its composition, Darood Taj has found universal fame and many of the righteous (saliheen), gnostics (ʿarifeen) and seekers (murideen) have adopted it as part of their daily readings and recite it in abundance. A regularly recitation of this prayer is known to:
- Purify the heart
- Increase provision (rizq)
- Provide protection from the effects of magic (sihr), envy (hasad) and jinn
- Help overcome grief and sadness
- Avert calamities
- Provide a vision of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
Specific goals can be attained by reciting Darood Taj a specific number of times and / or at specific times of the day:
- For purification of the heart – 7 times after Fajr, 3 times after Asr and 3 times after Isha daily
- For increased provision – 7 times between Tahajjud and Fajr or 7 times after Fajr daily
- For protection from magic and jinn and to overcome disease, or other calamities – 11 times daily
- For protection from enemies, oppression and envy or to overcome poverty, sadness and grief – 41 times after Isha for 40 consecutive days
Line by Line
Darood Taj line by line for memorisation purposes.