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Using “alayhis salam” for other than anbiya

Fatwaa ID: 704

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rehamatullahi Wa Barkatuhu Mufti Sb.

Could you please clarify whether to address anyone besides Rasool and Nabi as Alayhi As-Salaam? I’m reading and hearing that even Sahab’s name is taken as Alayhi As-Salaam these days. Is this right? Please elaborate.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The phrase “‘alayhis salaam” means “may peace be upon him”. It is generally used for the noble Prophets (A). For the illustrious Sahaabah (R), one should use “radhiyallaahu ‘anh”. As for anyone besides them, one should use “rahimahullaah”. However, if one uses one term in place of another, it will be permissible. Many of the salaf have used “‘alayhis salaam” for non-prophets as well.
It should be noted that if one is in a place where this phrase is used by certain deviants to push their beliefs or practices, then it will be better to avoid and be distinct from them.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/21/1444 AH – 02/12/2023 CE

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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