Dear brother Bilal,
"Peace be upon him" - Please rethink!
From: Islam: The True History And False Beliefs by Dr. Shabbir Ahmed.
DUROOD – SALAWAAT – PBUH?
Durood is a Persian word meaning 'cutting off from the root'. This term was maliciously introduced by the Ajami (Persian) "Imams".
You probably know that 95% of our "Imams" hailed from the defeated Persia. They were Parsees (Zoroastrians, Magians, Majoos), but Muslims in disguise only.
This includes the six Sunni Muhadditheen of "Sahah Sittah" (the so-called six 'authentic' books of Hadith) and the three Shi'a Muhadditheen of the so-called four ‘authentic’ books of Hadith.
Add to this "Imam" Tabari (d.310 Hijrah), the first historian and exponent of the Qur’an, plus a multitude of other 'Imams'.
They were "canonized" by the Abbasid caliphs of Baghdad. Why? The caliphs were under the influence of their Parsee mothers and wives and their viziers were Parsi as well. Moreover, these caliphs and the state-sponsored "Imams" had a synergistic relationship. You will not find any ONE of these "Imams" opposing kingship and despotism. Rather, they opened the gates for harems, slaves, concubines, wine, lewdness and all kind of luxury, indulgence and lavishness for the elite. Anyone criticizing these "Imams" would lose his neck under the state-sponsored Qazi’s Fatwas (religious edicts).
So, the term Durood which meant 'cutting off Tawheed (Monotheism) from its root', gradually became popular, especially in Persia and the South Asian subcontinent.
Just as Salaat was changed to the Parsi Namaz, Salawaat was denatured into Durood.
Now, the real Salawaat is given in the Qur’an:
Inn-Allaha Wa Malaaikatihi Yusalloona 'Al-Annabi. Ya Aiyyuhallazeena Aamanoo, Salloo ‘Alayihi Wa Sallimoo Tasleema.
33:56 Verily, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet and support his Mission. O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Salute him and give yourself up to him and his Mission in complete submission. (4:65, 7:157, 33:43).
So, we can say and work on Sal-Allahu ‘Alayihi Wa Sallam – or Allahumma Salli ‘Ala Muhammadinw-Wa-Baarik Wa Sallim.
Incidentally, here is the Salawat for Mu’mineen.
33:43 He it is Who bestows His blessings upon you, and supports you, and His angels, that He may bring you forth from darkness into Light. He is Merciful to those who choose to believe. (2:155-157, 9:10314:1, 14:15, 33:56)
PBUH (Peace be upon him)
Finally, it has become customary to write PBUH (Peace be upon him) after the name of the exalted Prophet Muhammad.
For a few centuries, the Mullahs and their blind followers have been translating Sall-Allahu 'alayhe wa-sallam as "Peace be upon him". Of course, peace is upon him and he is in peace. Does he need our prayers? It is the Mullah who needs peace; peace from propagating sectarianism, hatred, terror, the barbaric manmade Shari’ah and N2I, the Number Two Islam.
Sall-Allahu 'alayhe wa-sallam means, "Allah honors him and supports his Mission."
As a token of respect, I suggest writing: The exalted Prophet, the Prophet (S) or Muhammad (S). We may also write, “Our respects and salutations to him” where appropriate.
Please note that the so-called ‘Durood-e-Ibrahimi’ recited in the Namaz is nowhere found in the Qur’an. The Bible, the Qur’an and history tell us what great tribulations the Israeli progeny of the exalted Ibrahim had to undergo among themselves and at the hands of foreign invaders. How can we pray that we undergo the same devastation as they did?