Dec 13, 2011

Assalamualaikum السلام عليكم - Greeting in Islam

Recently, I always receive email with an intro of Salam as the mukaddimah instead of Assalamualaikum السلام عليكم. I was not sure what to answer even I know the sender means to say Assalamualaikum السلام عليكم .

Later I have discovered the reason why some prefer to say salam instead of assalamualaikum السلام عليكم .
A chain of email spread out recenly saying haram (commited sin if done) to write assalamualaikum or in short a'kum even though we mean it as السلام عليكم . The email said it will give another meaning  especially when it was written in short form which is A'kum.

Actually I am not going to hold such email when there was no reference given at all. To me if this wrong, there will be more wrong to write name of الله as Allah or name of Prophet محمّد as Muhammad. May be the email has it own truth but to take the hukum (some spell as hukm) from an email without mention any source is a dangerous act.

The roman alphabet has it own weakness in spelling arabic words. Roman alphabet can not replace the arabic in spelling arabic word. Some spell name of Prophet محمّد as Mohammed which is totally wrong in pronounciation. Even we spell as Muhammad, it is still wrong because the "d" still can not replace the actual pronounce of " د " . Arabic alphabet has it own "Makhraj" and tajwid is used when reciting Quran.

Anyway since we have to write in Roman, I think pronounciation is more important than the spelling. We still say "without" although we saw it spelt as w/out.

It is our own fault to say "akum" when we are reading the word "A'kum" because we actually understood the word refer to السلام عليكم

Secondly, I think by changing the wish السلام عليكم to "Salam" is like to change the method or hukum as tought in Islam. It should be more "haram by comparison". As we all already knew, no one can change any hukum of Allah or the way of Rasulullulah (Sunnah)

The above was only my own justification and only for own use.

As always said, better to refer to someone more authorize in giving hukum. So I am going to search for the "real" hukum on this matter. Hopefully at the end of this posting, I am able to find the conclusion on the hukum. May God bless me.

First, I am going to listen to a speech presented by Sheikh Ismail Musa Menk, the Mufti of Zimbabwe with the title ...
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 Hukum beri salam dalam sms 
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To be continued InsyaAllah 

Write s.a.w after named of Prophet Muhammad
Is it permissible to write (S) or (SAWS) etc when mentioning the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), instead of writing out the blessing in full?.

Praise be to Allaah.

What is prescribed is to write “salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa salaam (May Allaah send blessings and peace upon him)” in full, and not to write it in abbreviated form, such as writing (S) or (SAWS) etc.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

As it is prescribed to send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in prayer when saying the tashahhud, and it is prescribed when giving khutbahs, saying du’aa’ and praying for forgiveness, and after the adhaan, and when entering and exiting the mosque, and when mentioning him in other circumstances, so it is more important to do so when writing his name in a book, letter, article and so on. So it is prescribed to write the blessing in full so as to fulfil the command that Allaah has given to us, and so that the reader will remember to say the blessing when he reads it. So we should not write the blessing on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in short form such as writing (S) or (SAWS) etc, or other forms that some writers use, because that is going against the command of Allaah in His Book, where He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Send your Salaah on (ask Allaah to bless) him (Muhammad), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting (salutation, i.e. As‑Salaamu ‘Alaykum)”

[al-Ahzaab 33:56] And that (writing it in abbreviated form) does not serve that purpose and is devoid of the virtue of writing “salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa salaam (May Allaah send blessings and peace upon him)” in full. Moreover the reader may not take notice of it and may not understand what is meant by it. It should also be noted that the symbol used for it is regarded as disapproved by the scholars, who warned against it.
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