What do scholars of religion, Allah have mercy upon you, say about the proof, virtues and reward for Durud Taaj? It is generally famous among the laity and particularly the ignoramus and whether the following words of it are affiliated towards Holy Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace); dafi’ al-bala’ (remover of distress), wa al-waba’ (and epidemic), wa al-kaht (and drought), wa al-mardh (and ailment), wa al-‘alm (and agony). Now whether reciting it and having the belief of its virtues and reward is established and correct from legal proofs or not or is it shirk and bid’ah?
Whatever virtues of this durud are mentioned by some ignoramus are false and its status is impossible to know except that from Holy Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) himself, and this durud was written after passing of [many] centuries. So how can these wordings of [this] durud can be considered as rewarding? So to leave the wordings that have appeared in authentic narrations and to expect abundance of reward in this [Durud Taaj] and to recite it is innovation of deviancy. And because it contains words that are shirkiyyah (polytheistic) and there is fear for corruptness of belief of laity hence its recital is prohibited. So to instruct Durud Taaj is akin to giving poison to laity. Because many people fall into prey of polytheistic beliefs and it becomes a cause of their peril.
And Allah knows best.
(Fatawa Rashidiyyah, Kitab al-’Ilm; p.169, Dar al-Isha’at)