Unicodes: PBUH and more


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Most Muslims realize that it is greatly encouraged for them to pray for the Prophet after mentioning or hearing about him.

Narrated from ‘Ali bin Abi Talib, from the Prophet PBUH:

البخيل من ذكرت عنده فلم يصل علي

“The stingy one is who remembers me and doesn’t pray for me.”

– al-Nasa’i, Ibn Habbaan, Tarmidzi

(Related links: IslamWeb, RasoulAllah)

So how does one pray for the Prophet PBUH? At the very least, by saying “صَلّى الله عَلَيه وَسَلَّم” (sall Allah ‘alaihi wa salaam).

But how do you do it in writing? Especially for blogs, PBUH is the abbreviation for the common translation – Peace Be Upon Him. You can either write it in full Arabic/translated, abbreviated, or in Arabic like the paragraph above.

Or my recent favourite, simply use the unicode ﷺ. It’s only one character, and can be copy and pasted anywhere.

Not only that, there are unicodes available for common Islamic terminologies. Here’s a list:

Unicode In English In Arabic Encoding
Allah الله U+FDF2
“Akbar”;  Greatest أكبر U+FDF3
“Jalla Jalaaluhu”; Great is His Majesty جَلّ جَلالُه U+FDFB
Muhammad مُحَمّد U+FDF4
Peace be Upon Him (PBUH) صَلّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلّم U+FDFA
Arabic abbreviation for PBUH صلعم U+FDF5
“Rasuul”; Messenger رَسُول U+FDF6
“Sallaa”; Prayed صَلّى U+FDF9
“‘Alaihi”; Upon Him عَلَيْهِ U+FDF7
“Wa sallam”; And saluted وَسَلّم U+FDF8
In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful بسْم اللهِ الرّحمَن الرّحيم U+FDFD

The last one (basmalah) I’m not so sure about.


Further reading:
فضل الصلاة على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم


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