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Is it allowed to use abbreviations like “SAW” or “SWT”?

Is it allowed to use abbreviations like “SAW” or “SWT”?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

QUESTION: Is it allowed to use abbreviations like “SAW” or “SWT”?

Is it Sunnah to write out these blessings and praises in writing or is it Sunnah to point them out when talking about prophets, scholars, etc.?

ANSWER: Imam al-Nawawi, a great Muḥaddiṯ and Shafiite lawyer (may Allaah have mercy on him) declares in the introduction to his commentary on Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim:

“It is praiseworthy (mustaḥabb) for a person who writes Hadiṯe ... when mentioning the Messenger of Allaah (Allaah bless him and give him salvation), write“ ṣallAllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam ”in full and without an abbreviation, likewise one should do not limit yourself to one of two blessings, such as peace and blessings. " (cf. Šarḥ ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, 1/39)
Accordingly, one should avoid using abbreviations such as “SAW” or the like when the name of the Messenger of Allaah (Allaah bless him and give him peace) is written. To pretend is inappropriate and disrespectful. The love of the Messenger of Allaah (Allaah bless him and give him salvation) requires never to tire of mentioning wishes for peace and blessings upon him (Allaah bless him and give him salvation) - neither verbally nor in writing.

Qāḍī ʿIyyāḍ al-Mālikī (may Allaah have mercy on him) mentions a Ḥadīṯ in which the Messenger of Allaah (Allaah bless him and give him peace) says: “Whoever sends blessings on me in a book, angels become for him asking for forgiveness as long as my name remains in this book. " (Narrated by Al-Ṭabarānī- in his work al-Awsaṭ, with a weak chain of narration. Compare: Al-Shifā 'by Qāḍī ʿIyāḍ, p. 557)

Although the requirements are met when verbally sending blessings to the Messenger of Allaah (Allaah bless him and give him salvation), one should also address blessings to him in writing when writing the name of Allaah's darling.

And Allah knows best.

Muhammad ibn Adam

Darul Iftaa

Leicester, UK

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