April 2007


Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

British weather is so unpredictable. One day it’s Sunny, the next it’s raining, then it’s boiling hot again, and a few minutes later it’s snowing. Subhanallah. Just pondering over the power of Allah Ta’ala, and the way He controls the weather, directed my attention towards Imaan.

Our Imaan is like the weather. Sometimes our Imaan can be sunny, when we’re constantly doing the dhikr of Allah, praying namaz punctually, increasing the amount of Qur’aan we read but then at times, our Imaan turns into rain. We get lazy and delay our salah to such an extent that sometimes we end up praying near the ending time. Our dhikr drops heavily and we’re engaged more in worly affairs rather than our Aakhirah.

At times, we so want to change, build up on our imaan, want to do everything to please the Almighty. Our bodies harden and prepare to work for the Aakhirah, to submit to Allah by constantly remembering Him, going frequently to bayans, staying up in the night to praise Him but then, at times it drops so much that all we can see is laziness in ourselves. Don’t you just hate it when this happens?

What we want is our a’maal to be constant and not up and down. We all know that Allah Ta’ala likes the actions that are constant. So, for this reason, I am going to start up weekly Sunnahs, so that we can try to bring the actions of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam into our lives, and by doing so, earn the pleasure of Allah Almighty insha’Allah.

May Allah Ta’ala grant me the tawfeeq to act upon what has been written and may Allah Ta’ala accept these small efforts of mine. Ameen.

Dua me yaad

Wassalam

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Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

For a long time, I have been using the abbreviation “SAW” for صلى الله عليه وسلم. Recently, I have looked at the Darul Iftaa site (Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Al Kawthari) and have found that it is not right to do this. I won’t go on any longer and will leave you to read Mufti Muhammad’s work insha’Allah. May Allah Ta’ala reward him for his time in reseacrching and presenting such great work to the Ummah. Ameen.

Is it Appropriate to use Abbreviations like “SAW”

Is it suitable to use abbreviations like “SAW” and “SWT”? Also, is the sunna to write out these laudatory expressions in written form, or does the sunna refer to using them when speaking about the prophets, scholars, etc.?

Question # q-16065771

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Imam al-Nawawi, the great muhaddith and Shafi’i faqih (Allah have mercy on him) states in his introduction to the commentary of Sahih Muslim:

“It is praiseworthy (mustahab) for a person writing Hadith that…..at the mentioning of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace), he writes “Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam” in full and not merely using abbreviations, and neither sufficing on one of the two, i.e. Salat & Salam.” (Sharh Sahih Muslim, 1/39)

Thus, when one writes the name of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace), one should avoid using abbreviations such as SAW or something similar. It is inappropriate and disrespectful to do so. The love for the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) requires that one never tires, both verbally or in writing, from sending blessings and salutations upon him (Allah bless & and grant him eternal peace).

Qadhi Iyadh al-Maliki (Allah have mercy on him) mentions a Hadith wherein the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Whosoever sends blessings upon me in a book, the angels seek forgiveness for him until my name remains in that book.” (Narrated by al-Tabrani in his al-Awsat, with a weak chain of transmission. See: al-Shifa’ by Qadhi Iyadh, P: 557)

Hence, although the requirement would be fulfilled if one verbally sent blessings and salutations upon the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & grant him peace), but when one writes the name of the beloved of Allah, one should also send blessings upon him in writing.

And Allah knows best

Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK

Source: Darul Iftaa