Hadith (حديث)

It means “something new” or a “talk”. In Islam, Hadith refers to that which is attributed to the Prophet (SAW) as regards words, actions or approvals, physical features and characteristics.


Ayat (آيات)

Ayat is the plural of ayah which means a verse from the Quran but it can also mean proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, miracles, etc.


Asr (عصر)

Asr means Evening; It is also the name of an obligatory Prayer (salat) that consists of four rak`ahs; it is performed in the same way as the Al-Dhuhur Prayer.


Ameen (آمين)

Ameen is the Arabic version of the word Amen which has its origins in Hebrew and means ‘so be it’. Ameen is often said after a supplication (dua) with the spiritual meaning: “O Allah, respond to (or answer) what I/we have said”.

Ameen is often mentioned in the daily prayers of most Muslims after the recitation of the opening surah from the Quran.

Alayhi Salam

Alayhi Salam (عليه السلام)

Alayhi-salam means ‘Upon Him/Her Be Peace’. It is a respectable phrase said after mentioning a Prophet, an Imam or other very high-status figures. It is often represented by the acronym (AS), or the English acronym of Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH).


(as) ((ع))

AS is usually in brackets (AS). It means ‘Peace be upon him’ in Arabic (Alayhi salam), and is said after the names of Prophets and Imams usually – for resepect.

Prophet Muhammed usually has the acronym (SAW) after his name, and this is specific to him.
The Arabic acronym is (ع) and means عليه السلام 
It is shown as an image in some discussion forums like so:



(pbuh) (~)

The PBUH acronym stands for Peace Be Upon Him/Her. It is the English version of (AS). It is usually written after the name of a Prophet.


salam (سلام)

Salam means “Peace”. It’s like saying ‘Hi!’ – It is the most shortened version of the Islamic greeting (Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh) and originates from the hebrew greeting ‘Shalom’.

If someone says Salam to you, you should return the greeting by saying Salam back, or Wa Alaikum As-Salam (and upon you be peace).

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said: “Allah created Adam from dust after He mixed the clay and left him for some time until it became sticky mud, after which Allah shaped him. After that Allah left him till it became like potter’s clay [a sounding clay]. Iblis used to go past him saying ‘You have been created for a great purpose.’ After that Allah breathed His spirit into him. The first thing into which the spirit passed was his eye and then his nose. He [Adam] sneezed. Allah said: “May your Lord have mercy upon you, O Adam! Go to those angels and see what they would say.’ So Adam went and greeted them. they replied saying: “Peace be upon you and the mercy and blessings of Allah.” Allah said: “O Adam! This is your greeting and that of your offspring.” (Sahih Bukhari). 

This is the origin of saying as-Salamu-Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh (peace, mercy and blessings be upon you) when we greet each other; as-Salamu-Alaykum is the shorter verion of this. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) re-established this wonderful tradition among the Muslims.