Importance of Salam

Allah Ta’ala says: “When You are greeted with a greeting, greet In return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally. Certainly, Allâh is ever a Careful account Taker of All things.”

(Chapter 4, Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 86)

EXCELLENCE OF SALAM

  • Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amrؓ   : A person asked Allah’s Apostle ﷺ. “What (sort of) deeds in or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” He ﷺ replied, “To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you don’t know.” (Sahih Bukhari)
  • Abu Hurairah ؓ reported Allah’s Messenger ﷺ as saying: “Six are the rights of a Muslim over another Muslim.” It was said to him: “Allah’s Messenger, what are these?” Thereupon he ﷺ said: “When you meet him, offer him greetings; when he invites you to a feast accept it, when he seeks your council give him, and when he sneezes and says: Alhamdulillah (All praise and thanks are for Allah), you say Yarhamuk Allah (may Allah show mercy to you); and when he falls ill visit him; and when he dies follow his bier. (Sahih Muslim)

SPREADING SALAM CREATES LOVE BETWEEN ONE ANOTHER

  • Abu Hurairah ؓ reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ observed: “You will not enter Paradise until you believe; and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not guide you to a thing which if you do, you will love one another: spread (the greeting of peace) Salaam amongst yourselves.” (Sahih Muslim)
  • Abu Ayyoob ؓ said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: ‘It is not permissible for a Muslim to forsake his brother for more than three days, each of them turning away from the other if they meet. The better of them is the first one to say salaam.’ (Sahih Bukhari)

THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING SALAM FIRST

  • Narrated Abu Umamah ؓ: The Prophet ﷺ said: “Those who are nearest to Allah are they who are first to give a salutation.”  (Abu Dawud)

WHO SHOULD GREET WHO?

  • Narrated Abu Hurairah ؓ: Allah’s Apostle ﷺ said, “The younger person should greet the older one, and the walking person should greet the sitting one, and the small number of persons should greet the large number of persons.”  (Sahih Bukhari)
  • Narrated Abu Hurairah ؓ: Allah’s Apostle ﷺ said, “The riding one should greet the walking one, and the walking one should greet the sitting one, and the small number of persons should greet the large number of persons.”  (Sahih Bukhari)
  • Anas ؓ reported that he walked with Allah’s Apostle ﷺ and he happened, to pass by children and he greeted them.  (Sahih Muslim)
  • Anas ؓ narrated that the Prophet ﷺ used to visit the Ansar and greet their children and patted/touched their heads (Ibn Hibban)

SHAKING HANDS WHILE SAYING SALAM IS A MEANS OF SINS BEING FORGIVEN.

  • Narrated Al-Bara’ ibn Azib ؓ: The Prophet ﷺ said: Two Muslims will not meet and shake hands having their sins forgiven them before they separate. (Abu Dawud)

SAY SALAM TO YOUR FAMILY WHEN YOU ENTER YOUR HOUSE FOR ALLAH’S BLESSINGS.

  • Anas ibn Malik ؓ said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said to me, ‘O my son, when you enter upon your family and say salaam, it will be a blessing for you and the members of your household.(Tirmidhi- Hasan Hadith)

 REWARD OF SALAM

  • Abu Hurairah ؓ that a man passed by the Messenger of Allah ﷺ whilst he was sitting with some others, and said “Salaam ‘alaikum (peace be upon you).” The Prophet ﷺ said, “[He will have] ten hasanaat (rewards).” Another man passed by and said “Salaam ‘alaikum wa rahmat-Allaah (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah).” The Prophet ﷺ said, “[He will have] twenty hasanaat.” Another man passed by and said “Salaam ‘alaikum wa rahmat-Allaahi wa barakaatuhu (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah and His blessings).” The Prophet ﷺ said, “[He will have] thirty hasanaat.” (An-Nasai)

HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE GREET EACH OTHER

  • Abu Hurairah ؓreported: Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “When one of you meets a brother (in Faith) he should greet him. Then if a tree or a wall or a stone intervenes between them and then he meets him again, he should greet him.”(Abu Dawud)

CLEARLY SAYING THE WORDS ASSALAMUALIKUM  SO THAT THE MEANING DOES NOT CHANGE

  • Anas ؓ reported: Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “When the people of the Book greet you (i.e., by saying `As-Samu `Alaikum,’ meaning death be upon you), you should respond with: `Wa `alaikum’ [The same on you (i.e., and death will be upon you, for no one will escape death)].”(Agreed upon)

INITIATING SALAM WITH THE NON-MUSLIMS:

  • The Prophet ﷺ said: “Do not initiate the greeting of salaam with the Jews and Christians.” (Sahih Muslim)
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