Why do we say ‘alayhis salaam (peace be upon him) after the names of the Imams?


Why do we say “alayhis salaam” (peace be upon him) for Imam Ali (as) or the other Imams of the Ahlul Bayt (as)?


We say ‘alayhi alsalam’ (peace be upon him) after mentioning the names of any members of the Ahlul Bayt. This is firstly a prayer for them, as we are asking for God to bestow His Peace and Blessings upon them. Secondly, it is a way of showing respect to them whenever their names are mentioned. Another way to look at it is if a person’s grandfather passed away, they would usually say “Rahmatullah alay” or “Allah yerhamo” – it is similar to this.

Answered by: Dr Ali Alsamail
Certified by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei