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Q497: Is saying 'ya nabi Salam alayka' allowed?

Question: Is it true that you cannot you say يا نبي سلام عليك (ya nabiy salam alayka)?
In Salaah, we say السلام عليك أيها النبي (assalamu alaika ayyuhan nabiyyu). So why is the first not allowed, when the second is allowed.

Answer: Saying ya nabiy salam alayka, which is a way of sending salaams to the Prophet (Saw) is allowed as long as you leave it at that.

In contrast, some people believe that when they send salaams to the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam with these words, the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam comes to the gathering to take the salaam. That is why many stand up thinking he Sallallahu alayhi wasallam is present.

They believe that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is present and watching wherever the salaams are given

We say that this is not right, for 2 reasons:
1) only Allah is omnipresent – only Allah can be everywhere and be watching everything at all times. This is mentioned in many verses of the Qur’an.

2) we see the idea of the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam coming to take salaams as disrespectful. If you want to give a gift to someone you respect, then you should be going to them, or at least having it delivered to them, not expecting them to come and take it.

Thus, if you say Ya nabiyy salam alayk and you believe that the prophet (saw) comes to take that salaam, then that is wrong.

If you don’t have that belief, and instead you go to madinah munawwara and stand in front of the rawdhah mubarakah and say ya nabi Salam alayka or you believe that these words are delivered to the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam, then it is fine.

There is a hadith which says that salaams are taken by angels who have been appointed for this task. “
إن لله في الأرض ملائكة سياحين يبلغوني عن أمتي السلام
“Surely Allah has appointed some angles who deliver to me the salams of my ummah”

Please bear in mind that many people do not differentiate between the two, that is why the mashaaikh used to say it is better to stick to the attahiyyat and Durood Ibraheemi – which we read in salah.

Allah knows best.

2 Responses

  1. Kully

    Are we allowed to send salaams to the other Prophets AS, khalifahs, sahabas?eg Hadhrat Umar Farooq?
    As long as we have the niyyat of the salaams being sent through angels, delivered to the khalifahs etc is this allowed?
    Because i was listening to the nasheed ‘umar al farooq’ which says ‘salaam ya umar al farooq’ and it got me thinking.
    Please reply when suitable.

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    Walaikumussalam w w

    The nasheed was just an expression of love and therefore ok.

    This old lady was sitting, talking to Allah. “O Allah! Where are you, if you came to my house I would feed you, wash your clothes, comb your hair…..” The prophet of the time heard her and reprimanded her. Allah sent wahy, saying she was only expressing her love for me. ( she doesn’t really believe that I have a physical form)

    Similarly when we write letters to our loved ones or send them an email or text, we talk in a nice, loving manner. So to say this type nasheed to increase their love is ok.

    The salams will also be taken to them. They will be overjoyed and make dua for you.


  2. Irfan

    As salamu alaykum,

    Will the ones who stand up when giving the salams be commiting shirk and kufr?


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    Walaikumussalam w w

    We need to understand the meaning of shirk and kufr

    Shirk means: Associating partners with Allah, A mushrik believes that Allah has many partners/ rivals. All partners run the world together

    Kufr means: Denying something which is clearly part of the Deen Islam

    Also, Any action which indicates towards associating or denial will be a sign of kufr

    Over here, if the intention of the person standing up is Ibadat (worship) it will be kufr& shirk

    But normally the intention is just respect so it cannot be kufr.

    However, since Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam forbade qiyaam, he never liked people standing up for him during his lifetime, It will be classed as an act of disobedience

    Wallahu a’alam

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