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Using 'YA' with Prophet Mohammad(pbuh)?

Why cannot we use 'YA' with Prophet Mohammad(pbuh) like we use with Allah (Ya Allah)?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

According to the Arabic dictionary the term ‘YA’ means ‘O’ in English, which is used to address anyone while in direct conversation, i.e. one can hear and respond to while in conversation.

Thus using ‘YA’ with Allah is appropriate, as Allah has the power to hear and respond to anyone anywhere in the universe. Allah is omnipresent and all-hearing.

Verily it is Allah (alone) Who hears and sees (all things). QURAN [40:20]

Whereas (on this date) using ‘YA’ with beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is not appropriate grammatically, because our beloved prophet (pbuh) is not present in this world, and he (pbuh) has no power to hear to any one calling him anywhere in the world. I.e. he (pbuh) is neither omnipresent nor all-hearing, as these are the exclusive attributes of almighty Allah and nothing and absolutely no one possesses these attributes except Allah.

Thus If anyone has a belief that our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh) has the power to hear or respond to any one anywhere, which would mean that he has a belief, anyone other than Allah has the all-hearing attribute , would indeed be doing the grave sin of shirk.

The companions of our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh) used to invoke our beloved prophet (pbuh) as “YA RASOOLULLA”, because he (pbuh) was present with them, and there is absolutely no evidence that any of the companions ever used “YA” (as if in direct conversation with prophet(pbuh)) after the death of our beloved prophet (pbuh). And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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