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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Assalam u alaikum. My question is
regarding Hazrat Ali (RzA). Many Sunni
people use "Alaihi salaam" to Hazrat Ali
,Hazrat hussain etc.So is it permissible?
How can we refute them... They put
their argument as "Alaihi salaam" is
used for hazrat maryam , although also
she was not a prophet.similarly for
Hazrat Khizr and Imaam Mehdi. plz
provide me with refernences so that i
can make him understand. Jazakkallah


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His slave
and Messenger.
Using the expression “‘Alayhi As-
Salaam” (which means invoking
blessings on someone) for ‘Ali or other
Companions, may Allah be pleased with
them, or for other than the
Companions, is permissible because its
meaning is correct. Similarly, saying
‘may Allah be pleased with him’, when
mentioning a Taabi’i (someone from the
generation that followed the generation
of the Companions) is permissible,
because all this is like supplicating for
However, in general we say ‘Alayhi As-
Salaam when mentioning a Prophet, and
we say ‘may Allah be pleased with him’
when mentioning one of the
Companions, and we say ‘ ’ when
mentioning one of the Taabi’ieen (plural
of Taabi’i) and those who came after
them, and so forth.

So, contradicting this general principle
when mentioning one of the
Companions or Taabi’ieen in particular,
such as saying ‘Alayhi As-Salaam when
mentioning his name like what some
people do when mentioning ‘Ali or
Faatimah, or Al-Hasan or Al-Husain, and
not when mentioning others, then this
should not be done. Ibn Katheer
said in his Tafseer: “I said: “It has
become ordinary that many scribes of
books single out ‘Ali, may Allah be
pleased with him, by specifically saying
“‘Alayhi As-Salaam” or saying “Karrama
Allahu Wajhah (i.e. may Allah honor his
face)” when mentioning his name and
not when mentioning the names of all
other Companions. Even though the
meaning is correct, yet one should put
all the Companions on the equal footing
in this regard, because if this is said
about him [‘Ali] as a way or honoring
him and glorifying him, then Abu Bakr,
‘Umar and ‘Uthmaan come in priority
over him, may Allah be pleased with all
of them.”

In addition to this, it should be
mentioned that there is a difference of
opinion among the scholars about the
ruling on using ‘Alayhi As-Salaam for
other than the Prophets.

Allah Knows best.


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