Islam Naiem Diab sent a message to the members of Prophet Muhammad Birthday Celebration Group.
Subject: An advice to all of us - Don't write (SAW) after the Prophet's name
Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakatuh brothers and sisters,
I would like to share with you something that I learned from my Shaikhs, the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama3ah, many years ago. Imam Shaikhul Islam, Muhammad Bin Hussain Al Arab, Shaikh Ahmed Abun Nasr Al-Hussainy and others.
I was adviced not to write the abbreviation (SAW) after I write the name of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, and to write the full sentence [Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam] or [Alayhi Salatu Wa Sallam] whenever I write down the name of Sayedna Rasullaah. Also, after writing the name of Allah, not to write the abbreviation of (SWT) or (AWJ) but to write the full phrase: Allahu Ta3ala, or Allahu Azza Wa Jalla.
The reasons for that are the following:
1. We get thawab when we write the full sentence of (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), whereas when you write just (SAW) or (AS), we don't get such thawab.
2. It's considered "Bid3ah Qabiha" when we write such an abbreviation (SAW) for example, instead of writing the full sentence.
3. Even though we might be busy writing many things, or thinking that we're repeating the same sentence over and over again, it is actually a great thawab for us when we take the two extra seconds to write the full sentence, and we also get the thawab for those who read what we have written and say the full sentence of (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). We can save our few seconds writing other abbreviations for other statements or well known phrases, but aren't we generous enough with our time when it comes to spending this extra second or two writing this beloved statement (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)!
4. It's not a sin to do that, writing (SAW), but it's Makrooh, highly not recommended in Islam, and it's much better and brings a lot of blessing to write the full sentence.
I know some of us are used to writing this kind of abbreviation, but that's whey we are here to help and educate each other about the best practices to gain the love and affections of Sayedna Muhammad Rasulellaah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. So, I would like to advice those of you who are used to doing that to start writing the full sentence of Salat and Salam after writing the name of our beloved Prophet, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.
Finally, I would like to share with you a wonderful madeeh / Na3t about our beloved Prophet Muhammad, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, from the great poem of Imam Muhammad Al Boseiry, known as Burdah.
May Allah Ta3ala accept our fasting, prayers and Salawat on His beloved Prophet Muhammad, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.