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Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 10

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1. The person who makes salaam first obtains greater reward.

عن أبى أمامة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن أولى الناس بالله من بدأهم بالسلام (ابو داود رقم 5199)

Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who greets the people first with salaam is the closest of them to Allah Ta’ala (i.e. He is closest to the mercy of Allah Ta’ala).”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 9

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1. When leaving the home, one should leave the home with salaam.

عن قتادة قال : قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا دخلتم بيتًا فسلموا على أهلِهِ فإذا خرجتم فأودعوا أهله بسلام (شعب الايمان للبيهقي رقم 8459)

Hadhrat Qataadah (Rahimahullah) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When you enter a home, then make salaam to its inmates; and when you leave (the home), then leave your salaam as a trust with the people of the home (i.e. make salaam to the people when leaving).”

N.B. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has taught us to make salaam when leaving the home and he said: “Leave your salaam as a trust with the people of the home”. Generally when one keeps a trust by someone, he comes back at a later period to receive it. Therefore when one leaves the trust of salaam with the people of the home, as though one is taking a good omen and placing his hope in Allah Ta’ala’s mercy that Allah Ta’ala will soon return him to the home he is leaving.

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 8

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

Salaam1. One should make salaam upon entering the home. If there is no one present within the home, he should make salaam by saying “Assalaamu Alaina Wa ‘ala ‘Ibaadillahis Saaliheen”.

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال : قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يا بني إذا دخلت على أهلك فسلم يكون بركة عليك وعلى أهل بيتك (ترمذي رقم 2698)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) once said to me: "O my beloved son, upon entering your home, greet your family (i.e. the inmates of the home) with salaam. This will be a means of earning blessings for yourself and your family."

عن ابن عمر في الرجل يدخل في البيت أو في المسجد ليس فيه أحد قال: يقول: السلام علينا وعلى عباد الله الصالحين (المصنف لابن ابي شيبة رقم 26353)

It is reported that Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) mentioned regarding a person who enters a home or the Musjid wherein no one is present, that he should say Assalaamu Alaina Wa ‘ala ‘Ibaadillahis Saaliheen.”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 7

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

Salaam1. From an entire group of people, if one person among them makes salaam to someone they meet, his salaam will suffice on behalf of the entire group. Similarly, if a person meets a group of people and greets them with salaam, the reply of one person among them will suffice on behalf of the entire group.

عن على بن أبى طالب رضى الله عنه (قال أبو داود رفعه الحسن بن على) قال: يجزئ عن الجماعة إذا مروا أن يسلم أحدهم ويجزئ عن الجلوس أن يرد أحدهم (ابو داود رقم 5212)

Hazrat Ali (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “It suffices on behalf of an entire group of people when they pass by someone that one person among them makes salaam (to the person they meet), and it suffices on behalf of a group of people seated that one among them replies to the salaam (of the person who greets them with salaam).”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 6

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

Salaam1. When replying to the salaam of someone, one should reply to the salaam verbally and not by a mere sign of the hand or a nod of the head.

وعن عمرو بن شعيب عن أبيه عن جده رضي الله عنهم أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ليس منا من تشبه بغيرنا لا تشبهوا باليهود ولا بالنصارى فإن تسليم اليهود الإشارة بالأصابع وتسليم النصارى الإشارة بالأكف . (ترمذي رقم 2695)

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who emulates the ways (and culture) of others is not from amongst us. Do not emulate the Jews nor the Christians (in their ways and culture). When the Jews greet each other, they greet each other by gesturing with their fingers, and when the Christians greet each other, they greet each other by gesturing with their hands.” (Therefore we should refrain from emulating them in their manner of greeting).