Ya Muhammad

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Yā Muhammad (Arabic: يا محمد), or "Ya Rasullallah" is an expression used by some Muslims, which means "Oh Muhammad" or "Oh Messenger of Allah" respectively.[1][2][3]


The phrase means "O [name]". Literally, the word means O (a vocative, signifying a direct address to a person). It is a common prefix used by Arabs to call each other. Someone named Mohammed will be addressed in Arabic as Yā Mohammed.[3]


Use in Various Parts of the World[edit]

Some Muslims regularly uses this phrase or "Ya Rasullallah" to ask the Islamic prophet Muhammad in distress and show respect, nearness and deep affection with Muhammad.This phrase is used by a few sects. In mainstream Islam one cannot say this with the intention that the Prophet can hear you, so they refrain form saying this although it may be acceptable in poetry in veneration of Prophet Muhammad.

Use to Call a stranger[edit]

In Saudi Arabia, Yā Muḥammad is used to address a stranger in order to begin a conversation. It is considered one of the polite and respectful ways to address a stranger, as Muhammad is considered as the most respectful name anyone can be called, hence its popularity among Muslims worldwide.

Request for strength[edit]

Ya Ali is mostly used as a request for strength by the Shia along with its alternative form Ya Ali Madad (یا علی مدد, O! Ali, help!).[1] Ali is established as the strongest, bravest, cleverest, chivalrous warrior and the son-in-law of the Prophet. He is also one of the rightly guided Caliphs in Sunni school of thought. There is a tradition of using these phrases as slogans in religious gatherings meant to increase one's level of morale and also in situations demanding religious passion. For example, two or more people having to lift a weight would say 'یا علی مدد'. It is believed to give one strength to endure problems and difficulties, especially those who are helpless.

Remembrance of Muharram[edit]

During the Remembrance of Muharram, spontaneous slogans of Ya Hussain, Ya Ali and Ya Rasulullah "Messenger of God!" are very common. On such occasions, the slogans are mostly demonstrations of strong support.[4]


Mainstream Sunni Islam is against the sayings of "Ya Ali", "Ya Rasoolullah and "Ya Hussain" as they believe these people are not alive and cannot hear them. They believe only Allah can hear them as such so they should only invoke Allah directly. Also one who invokes any none present being other than Allah, even if it be an Angel or Jinn is doing shirk with is against the monotheistic foundations of Islam. This is because only Allah has the right to be invoked in such a way.


  1. ^ a b "Ya Ali Ya Muhammad". F.I.E.L.D - First Ismaili Electronic Library and Database. A Project of the Heritage Society. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Proclaiming the words 'Ya RASOOLALLH'". Islamic Academy, 1251 Shiloh Rd. Plano TX 75074. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  3. ^ a b "CONCEPT OF NIDAA YA RASOOLALLAH (CALLING OH MESSENGER OF ALLAH)". Usmani Mosque, 308 St Saviours Road, Leicester LE5 4HJ. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  4. ^ Sir Henry Yule; Arthur Coke Burnell (1903). Crooke, William, ed. Hobson-Jobson: A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases, and of Kindred Terms, Etymological, Historical, Geographical and Discursive (The University of Michigan ed.). J. Murray. p. 419. Retrieved 15 September 2014.