Is it true that the supplication does not ascend for acceptance to the heavens unless it is preceded by prayers [and salutations] upon the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)? And what is the evidence for that?
‘Woe be to you! I did not look at anything other than my two thumbs from the moment I left [home], until I returned back [home] to you.’
Certainly, that which I fear the most is when I stand [before my Lord] to account [for my deeds], and it is [then] said to me: You had knowledge, so what did you do with that which you knew?
Whoever asks a question whilst he knows [the answer], then that is [considered to be] bordering on showing off.