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

Question:

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

Answer:

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