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Islam uses a number of "conventionally complimentary phrases" or durood, sometimes called Islamic honorifics, ‘blessings’, ‘titles’ or even ‘prayers’. The "honorifics" either praise (e.g. "Subhanahu wa-ta’ala", in the case of Allah), or wish good things (such as "prayers and peace", "Allāh be pleased with them") for Muhammad, another prophet or other objects of the honorific. In Arabic writing (and speaking) they follow the name of the object of the honorific fully spelled out (fully enunciated), while in English language sources they are sometimes abbreviated, ("Allah (swt)" or "Muhammad (pbuh)"), sometimes spelled out ("Abdurrahman ibn Abi Bakr, Radi-Allahu anhu"), sometimes appear spelled out in Arabic, and sometimes appear as a typographic ligature of Arabic calligraphy.
Unlike conventional honorifics they follow, rather than precede, the name of the individual being noted. (They are distinct from honorifics such as "Hadrat-i Muhammad", the Persian title given Muhammad, which precedes his name, or titles for distinguished Muslims such as Mawlānā or Sheikh.) (The term durood may be limited to the prophets in Islam, or go beyond "conventionally complimentary phrases" into short prayers, honorifics for scholars or companions follow the same pattern as durood but are not prayers.)
The honorifics for Muhammad are based on a Quranic verse according to one source:
"Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [ Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [ Allah to grant him] peace." - Qur'an 33:56
A hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah states: The Messenger of Allah said:
Honorifics applying to God
Applied to Muhammad and his family
These are also called Darood Shareef
- ′Alayhiṣ-Ṣalātu was-Salām (Arabic:عليه الصلاة والسلام)
- Translation: "Upon him be prayers and peace"
- Example: "The Messenger of Allāh (′Alayhiṣ-Ṣalātu was-Salām) ..."
- ′Alayhe wa ′alā Ālehiṣ-Ṣalātu was-Salām (Arabic:عليه وعلى آله الصلاة والسلام)
- Ṣallallāhu ′alayhe waa all-a-hi wassallam (Arabic: صَلّى اللهُ عليهِ واٰله وسلّم)
- Ṣallallāhu ′alayhe wa ′ālehe wa Ṣaḥbehe wa sallam (Arabic: "صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم")
- Translation: May Allāh send blessings and peace upon him, his family, and his companions.
- Example: "The Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallallāhu ′alayhe wa ′ālehe wa Ṣaḥbehe wa sallam) ..."
- Ṣallallāhu ′alayhe wa ālehe wa sallam (Arabic: "صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم")
- Translation: May Allāh send blessings and peace upon him and his family
- Example: "The Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallallāhu ′alayhe wa ālehe wa sallam) ..."
Applied to angels and prophets
Applied to companions of Muhammad
Used after companions ("Aṣ-Ṣaẖābah") of the Islamic Prophet Muḥammad
- Radeyallāhu ′Anhu (Arabic: "رضي الله عنه")
- Translation: "May Allāh be pleased with him."
- abbreviation: "ra"
- Example: "Al-‘Abbās (Radeyallāhu ′Anhu) ..."
- Radeyallāhu ′Anhā (Arabic: "رضي الله عنها")
- Translation: "May Allāh be pleased with her."
- Example: "Khadīejah (Radeyallāhu ′Anhā) ..."
- Radeyallāhu ′Anhum (Arabic: "رضي الله عنهم")
- Translation: May Allāh be pleased with them.
- Example: "Aṣ-Ṣaẖābah (Radeyallāhu ′Anhum) ..."
Applied to scholars
Applies to highly revered scholars
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