Scholarly opinions on sending Blessings and prayers on other than the Prophets


As many of you might be aware of or at least have encountered many Shias making a fuss about the “Salawaat” issue i.e. sending prayers upon the Prophet عليه الصلاة و السلام . As usual they lie and claim that Sunnis have somehow neglected the Prophet’s houshold even when it comes to the form of the prayer they usually send upon the Prophet صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم . Their main argument is that the Ahl Al-Sunnah send some sort of “incomplete” prayer upon the Prophet t صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم . Alhamdulillah we have responded to that argument and

shattered it by proving that (as usual) the Rafidah clinch to literally FABRICATED narrations to back up such a huge allegation (“you Sunnis send incomplete prayer …”) in the following article (mind you, we have got a WHOLE section refuting their in regards to this topic, SEE HERE):

Do the Ahl Al-Sunnah pray an “incomplete” prayer/salawat on the Prophet (peace be upon HIM)?

Here some other VERY BENEFICIAL articles by friends debunking the Shia propaganda that’s based on nothing but emotional rantings:

Can we ask Allah to grant “blessings” and “peace” to non-prophets?

Here we would like to add some scholarly opinions to this issue, In sha Allah revisit this thread, we try to post Fataawa and clips of various scholars and students of knowledge who have destroyed the various Rafidi allegations in regards to this topic.

1. Shaykh Othman Al-Khamis Al-Tamimi Al-Kuweiti:

TRANSLATION:

[Reading the question] Why don’t we say (when mentioning the Sahaaba) عليهم السلام (‘alayhim Al-Salam i.e. peace be upon them). It’s permissible to say when mentioning a Sahaaba عليه السلام (‘alayhi Al-Salam i.e. peace be upon him). This is a Du’a (supplication). It’s just that it has become the norm (widespread) that صل الله عليه و سلم (sallALLAHU ‘alayhi …) and عليه السلام is said for the Prophet and عليه السلام for the Prophets (in general) and Angels. Also many of the Salaf like Al-Tabari, Ibn Abi Hatim, Abi Hatim, Ibn Hibban and their likes used عليه السلام for the progeny of the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم like Ali Ibn Hussein (Ibn Ali Ibn Abi Talib), or Al-Hussein (Ibn Abi Talib), Hassan (Ibn Abi Talib), Fatimah, may Allah be pleased with them and send His peace on them [the Shaykh literally says that]. And for the Sahaaba [in general] رضي الله عنهم (radhiyallahu …) is used in accordance to these verses:

لقد رضي الله عن المؤمنين إذ يبايعونك تحت الشجرة …

or

والسابقون الأولون من المهاجرين والأنصار والذين اتبعوهم بإحسان رضي الله عنهم ورضوا عنه …

that’s what the scholars [mainly] use for the Sahaaba in general and “rahimahullah” (may Allah have mercy upon him) for those who came after them (i.e. the Tabi’een, the Atbaa’ Tabi’een etc.). This is based on “Al-Istihbaab”  (Presumption of Continuity) and not on the basis of “Al-Tahrim” or “Al-Izlaam” ((i.e. it is not an obligation to use this formulas nor in a specific order). Like if you would say about someone else than a Sahaabi “radiyallahu …” then there is nothing wrong with that, it’s merely a Du’a. In fact it is even persmissible to say “sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam” to any (Muslim) person as the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم himself did when he prayed over a Sahaabi saying: “Allahumma SALLI ‘ALAA AALI Abi Awfaa (O Allah! Send Blessings upon the family of Abi Awfaa).” We ourselves say in our “Al-Tahiyyat” (part of the daily prayer) “Allahumma salli ‘alaa Muhammad wa ‘alaa AALI Muhammad” or in the narration in Bukhari “Allahumma salli ‘alaa Muhammad wa ‘alaa AZWAAJIHI (WIVES) wa DHURRIYATIHI (his progeny) or “As-Salamu ‘alayka ayyuhaa An-Nabiyy wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu, As-Salaamu ‘ALAYNAA WA ‘ALAA ‘IBAADILLAHI As-SAALIHIN …” So even saying “Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam” to someone is not Haraam and you have not sinned. It’s only that it has become the norm to say it for the Prophet only, and “Alayhi Al-Salam” for the (other) Prophets and Angels and some of the righteous people such as Maryam or the Ahl Al-Bayt (as some scholars did in the past and today), there is no problem in that. “Radhiyallahu ‘an” is generally being said for the Sahaaba and for non-Sahaaba “Rahimahullah”, but in any case the matter is easy (no real restriction in the application of the various supplications).

2. Abdessalam the Moroccan (at the famous Sunnah-Shia Mustakillah debates in the year 2002)

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