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  • Salat al-Badriyya
    Attributed to Shaykh Ali Mansur
    Also known as Salat al-Badriyya, Salatullah Salamullah, Sholawat Badar

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    Salat al-Badriyya

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      Salat al-Badriyya is a poem composed by Indonesian scholar and poet Shaykh Ali Mansur Siddiq Bashaiban X (d. 1391/1971) in praise of the Prophet ﷺ and the companions martyred in the Battle of Badr. It is commonly known as Sholawat Badar in Indonesia where it holds a very special status. It is usually referred to as “Salatullah Salamullah” in other parts of the world.

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      About Salat al-Badriyya

      Shaykh Ali Mansur was born in Jember, East Java on 23 March 1921 (4 Ramadan 1340 AH). After his initial Islamic education, he became heavily involved in politics. He was affiliated with Nahdlatul Ulama, an Indonesian socio-religious movement, which has grown to become the largest independent Islamic organisation in the world today.

      Shaykh Ali Mansur wrote Salat al-Badriyya during a time of great social and political chaos in Indonesia. As a result of the risk of possible confrontation between various political parties, he grew anxious. During a restless night, it is said that he dreamt of meeting people clad in white and green robes. That same night, his wife dreamt of meeting the Prophet ﷺ. The following day he set out to visit Habib Hadi bin Abdullah Al-Hadar, one of the greatest scholars of the time, in search for an interpretation of this dream. Habib Hadi told him that the people in his dream were the people of Badr.

      Following these events and with inspiration from a book entitled Manzumah Ahl al-Badar al-Muhsammah al-Musamma Jaliyyat al-Kadar fi Fadail Ahl al-Badar (Arabic: منظومة اهل بدر المسماة جالية الكدر في فضل اهل بدر) by Imam Ja’far al-Barzanji, Shaykh Ali composed Salat al-Badriyya.

      The following day, he was visited by a group of highly respected habaib led by Habib Ali bin Abdurrahman al-Habshi, better known as Habib Ali Kwitang. After a brief conversation about the political situation, Habib Ali asked Shaykh Ali about the poem he had written the previous night. Shaykh Ali was surprised as he hadn’t made mention of the poem. Habib Ali asked him to recite Salat al-Badriyya in front of the group of habaib. The poem moved the group to tears. Habib Ali immediately stood up following the recital and said, “O Ali Mansur! Let us fight the enemies of Islam with Salawat al-Badriyya!” This visit took place on Wednesday, September 26, 1962 at 8 am according to Shaykh Ali Mansur’s diary.

      Habib Ali later invited Shaykh Ali Mansur and other respected scholars to his village in Jakarta. Shaykh Ali was asked to recite Salat al-Badriyya in front of a large congregation. Following the event, Habib Ali al-Habshi asked his students to print the prayer and distribute it to the congregation.

      The Grave of Shaykh Ali Mansur

      From there, the poem’s fame grew rapidly in Indonesia and was used as a reading by Nahdlatul Ulama to rouse spirits against opposing parties. It has since become well-known throughout the world.

      Shaykh Ali passed away on March 24, 1971 (26 Muharram 1391) at the age of 50. His grave is located in Maibit village in Tuban Regency, Indonesia. It has been recently renovated and is regularly frequented by the public. A large mural of the poem stands by his grave.

      Salat al-Badriyya - Arabic, Transliteration and Translation

      صَلَاةُ اللّٰهِ سَلَامُ اللّٰه ❁ عَلَىٰ طٰهٰ رَسُوْلِ اللّٰه
      صَلَاةُ اللّٰهِ سَلَامُ الله ❁ عَلَىٰ يٰسٓ حَبِيْبِ الله
      Ṣalātu Llāh salāmu Llāh, ʿalā Ṭāhā rasūli Llāh
      Ṣalātu Llāh salāmu Llāh, ʿalā Yāsīn ḥabībi Llāh
      1. May the blessings of Allah, may the peace of Allah be upon Ta-Ha, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ
      May the blessings of Allah, may the peace of Allah be upon Yasin, the beloved of Allah ﷺ
      تَوَسَّلْنَا بِبِسْمِ الله ❁ وَبِالْهَادِي رَسُوْلِ الله
      وَكُلِّ مُجَاهِدٍ لِلّٰه ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Tawassalnā bi-bismi Llāh, wa bi-l-hādī rasūli Llāh
      Wa kulli mujāhidin li-Llāh, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      2. We seek intercession through the name of Allah, and by the Perfected Guide, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ
      And all who strive in the way of Allah, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      إِلَهِي سَلِّمِ الْأُمَّةْ ❁ مِنَ الْآفَاتِ وَالنِّقْمَة
      وَمِنْ هَمٍّ وَمِنْ غُمَّةْ ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Ilahī sallimi l-ummah, mina l-āffāti wa-n-niqmah
      Wa min hammin wa min ghummah, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      3. My Lord, grant the Ummah safety from hardship and adversity
      And from worry and sorrow, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      إِلَهِي نَجِّنَا وَاكْشِفْ ❁ جَمِيعَ أَذِيَّةٍ وَاصْرِفْ
      مَكَائِدَ الْعِدَا وَالْطُفْ ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Ilahī najjinā wa-kshif, jamīʿa adhiyyatin wa-ṣrif
      Makā'ida l-ʿidā wa-l-ṭuf, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      4. My Lord, save us and deliver us from all harm and avert
      the schemes of our enemies with gentleness, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      إِلَهِي نَفِّسِ الْكُرَبَا ❁ مِنَ الْعَاصِيْنَ وَالْعَطْبَا
      وَكُلِّ بَلِيَّةٍ وَوَبَا ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Ilāhi naffisi l-kurabā, mina l-ʿāṣīna wa l-ʿaṭbā
      Wa kulli baliyyatin wa wabā, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      5. My Lord, relieve us of hardship caused by the disobedient and corrupt
      And from every calamity and epidemic, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      فَكَمْ مِنْ رَحْمَةٍ حَصَلَتْ ❁ وَكَمْ مِنْ ذِلَّةٍ فَصَلَتْ
      وَكَمْ مِنْ نِعْمَةٍ وَصَلَتْ ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Fa-kam min raḥmatin ḥaṣalat, wa kam min dhillatin faṣalat
      Wa kam min niʿmatin waṣalat, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      6. How many mercies have been attained! And how many misfortunes have been avoided!
      And how many favours have been granted! For the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      وَكَمْ أَغْنَيْتَ ذَا لْعُمْرِ❁ وَكَمْ أَوْلَيْتَ ذَا لْفَقْرِ
      وَكَمْ عَافَيْتَ ذَا الْوِزْرِ ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Wa kam aghnayta dha l-ʿumri, wa kam awlayta dha l-faqri
      Wa kam ʿāfayta dha l-wizri, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      7. How many of the aged have You enriched! And how many of the destitute have You provided for!
      And how many sinners have you cured! For the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      لَقَدْ ضَاقَتْ عَلَىٰ الْقَلْبِ ❁ جَمِيْعَ الْاَرْضِ مَعْ رَحْبِ
      فَانْجُ مِنَ الْبَلَا الصَّعْبِ ❁ بِاَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَا اَللّٰه
      Laqad ḍāqat ʿalā l-qalbi, jamīʿa l-arḍi maʿa raḥbi
      Fa-nju mina l-balā ṣ-ṣaʿbi, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      8. Indeed, the entire earth, despite its vastness, feels constricted upon our hearts
      So save us from this troublesome calamity, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      أَتَيْنَا طَالِبِي الرِّفْقِ ❁ وَجُلِّ الْخَيْرِ وَالسَّعْدِ
      فَوَسِّعْ مِنْحَةَ الْأَيْدِي ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Ataynā ṭālibī r-rifqi, wa julli l-khayri wa-s-saʿdi
      Fa-wassiʿ minḥata l-aydī, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      9. We come asking for mercy, and an abundance of goodness and felicity
      So make the gift of Your hands vast, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      فَلَا تَرْدُدْ مَعَ الْخَيْبَةْ ❁ بَلِ اجْعَلْنَا عَلَىٰ الطَّيْبَةْ
      أَيَا ذَا الْعِزِّ وَالْهَيْبَةْ ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Falā tardud maʿa l-khaybah, bali jʿalnā ʿala ṭ-ṭaybah
      Ayā dha l-ʿizzi wa l-haybah, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      10. So don't turn us back disheartened, rather let us attain goodness
      O Possessor of Honour and Majesty! For the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      وَإِنْ تَرْدُدْ فَمَنْ نَأْتِي ❁ بِنَيْلِ جَمِيعِ حَاجَاتِي
      أَيَا جَالِي الْمُلِمَّاتِ ❁ بِأَهْلِ الْبَدْرِ يَاالله
      Wa-in tardud faman na'tī, bi-nayli jamīʿi ḥājātī
      Ayā jālī l-mulimmāti, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      11. And if You refuse us, to whom shall we go to for all our needs?
      O Reliever of Distress, do so for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      اِلٰهِيْ اغْفِـرْ وَأَكْـرِمْنَـا ❁ بِنَـيْـلِ مَـطَالِـبٍ مِـنَّـا
      وَدَفْـــعِ مَــسَـاءَةٍ عَــنَّـا ❁ بِـاَهْـلِ الْبَـــدْرِ يَـا اَللّٰه
      Ilāhi aghfir wa akrimnā, bi-nayli maṭālibin minnā
      Wa dafʿi masā'atin ʿannā, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      12. My Lord, forgive and honour us by receiving our requests
      And rid us of evil, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      اِلٰهِيْ أَنْـتَ ذُوْ لُطْفٍ ❁ وَ ذُوْ فَضْلٍ وَ ذُوْ عَطْفٍ
      وَكَمْ مِـنْ كُـرْبَـةٍ تَـنْـفِيْ ❁ بِـاَهْلِ الْـبَدْرِ يَا اَللّٰه
      Ilāhi anta dhū luṭfin, wa dhū faḍlin wa dhū ʿaṭfin
      Wa kam min kurbatin tanfī, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      13. My Lord, you are the Possessor of Kindness, and the Possessor of Grace and Compassion
      And how much sorrow have You dispelled, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!
      وَصَلِّ عَلَىٰ النَّبِي الْـبَرِّ ❁ بِلَا عَدٍّ وَلَا حَصْرٍ
      وَاٰلِ سَادَةٍ غُـرٍّ ❁ بِـاَهْـلِ الْـبَـدْرِ يَا اَللّٰه
      Wa ṣalli ʿalā l-Nabīyyi l-Barri, bilā ʿaddin wa lā ḥaṣrin
      Wa āli sadātin ghurrin, bi-ahli l-badri Yā Allāh
      14. And send blessings upon the Righteous Prophet ﷺ endlessly without enumeration
      And upon his honourable descendants, for the sake of the people of Badr, O Allah!

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