Ṣalawāt (Arabic: صَلَوات) is a special Arabic phrase, containing a salutation upon the Prophet of Islam (s) , which Muslims say in the tashahhud of prayer, and also when hearing or uttering the name of Prophet Muhammad (s).
Muslims believe that Salawat shows one's respect to the Prophet (s), and generates Divine reward in the other world, as well as positive worldly results. Besides, it has a lofty position in common Islamic culture of many countries, in which Muslims relate salawat on various occasions as an expression of happiness in festivals, or a blessed and auspicious start for their works.
The most common phrase for salawat among Shi'a is; "اللهم صل علی محمد و آل محمد" (O Allah, May you grant peace and honor on Muhammad and his family; trans.: Allahumm-a Sall-i 'Ala Muhammad-in Wa Al-i Muhammad).
Some hadiths state that salawat is not complete without the "and his family" phrase.
According to some hadiths, the prophets preceding his highness Muhammad (s) would utter salawat. As stated in a hadith, salawat promoted Ibrahim (a) to higher spiritual degrees. It is narrated from the Prophet (s) that; 'Whoever sends Salawat upon me, the angels would send him belssing, many or few, just as he does. As stated in some other hadiths, among them a hadith narrated from Imam al-Rida (a), salawat wipes out one's sins. Read more ...