In the name of Allah, the Beneficent & Merciful
May Allah shower His blessings upon Muhammad & his progeny

Is adding ‘wa ajjil farajahum’ after salawat not valid?
Is it a bid‘ah added after the Iranian revolution?
Is it not in early original Shi’a sources?

Those who claim this is a bid‘ah are ill-informed; they should not allow themselves to declare something as “innovation” without studying the issue properly. Simply because something becomes popular after the Iranian revolution, it does not mean that it is a bid‘ah.

It can be found in the earliest sources of Shi‘a Islam. For example:

  1. Al-Kulayni (d. 329) quotes a du‘a taught to Ishaq bin ‘Ammar by Imam Ja‘far as-Sadiq (a): “…and say three times, “Allahumma, Rabba Aslam [Aslam is name of star], salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa Al-i Muhammad wa ‘ajjil farajahum wa sallimna.” (Al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 570)
  2. Al-Kulayni quotes a du‘a taught by Imam as-Sadiq (a) to ‘Amr bin Abi ’l-Muqdam in which after praising Almighty Allãh with the kalima of tawhid tawhid multiple times, ending with two different beautiful names of His, at the end you say: “Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa Al-i Muhammad wa ajjil farajahum…” (vol. v. 2, p. 584)
  3. Al-Mufid (d. 413) in al-Muqni‘ah (p. 108), while describing the salat and its details, in the sajdah for shukr, gives the wordings which ends with “salli ‘ala Muhammad bin Al-i Muhammad wa ‘ajjil farajahum.” Also see the du‘a for Friday in p. 112.

March 29, 2021
Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
Toronto, Canada