Salawat to Prophet Muhammad PBUH
  • Question:

    Is saying "ṣallallāhu alayhi wasallam" or its equivalent in one's own language considered a form of salawāt?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Ṣalawāt refers to invoking blessings upon the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him).This is a praiseworthy action. Allāh Almighty states,

    “Surely, Allāh and His angels send blessings to the Prophet. O you who believe, do pray to Allāh to bless him, and send your salām (prayer for his being in peace) to him in abundance.” (Qur’ān 33:56)

    There are various wordings of ṣalawāt recorded in Ḥadīth. Using these words would be the most appropriate. However, it would also be acceptable if one uses words similar to them or wordings of such meaning, in other languages.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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