Q: Can durood shareef be classified as zikr of Allah?
Also, what has more importance, reciting durood shareef or praying nawafil?
A: It is also a type of zikr because Allah Ta`ala has commanded the recitation of durood shareef.
Both must be done, and times must be programmed, some time for durood, some time for istighfaar and some time for nafl namaaz.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.