Peace be upon him (Islam)

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Peace be upon him (PBUH) or ʿalayhi as-salām (SAAS) is a phrase religious muslims say whenever they refer to the name of the prophet Muhammad.[1] Peace be upon him is the English language translation of alayhi as-salām. In any language it is a sign of great respect and honor.[1] It is also used whenever saying the name of others seen as great prophets (Jesus, Moses, etc.).[2] Muslims say or write the phrase to get Allah's blessings for Muhammad, and in turn, get blessings for themselves.[2] The abbreviations PBUH and SAAS are used in writing in the Muslim world in private and sometimes government documents.[2] The Qur'an, the holy book of Islam, commands this respect be given. The Qur'an 33:56 says "God and his angels send blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Send blessings on him, and salute him with all respect."[2] PBUH is a reminder for Muslims to follow his teachings and to be like Muhammad in everything they say and do.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "What does the Muslim phrase, "Peace Be Upon Him" mean?". InnovateUs Inc.. http://www.innovateus.net/innopedia/what-does-muslim-phrase-peace-be-upon-him-mean#Why+do+Muslims+say+the+phrase+%26quot%3BPeace+Be+Upon+Him%26quot%3B%3F. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 John L. Esposito, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, Second Edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), p. 128
  3. Jean Mead, Why Is Muhammad Important to Muslims? (London: Evans, 2008), p. 5