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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).

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 5

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

Salaam1. The words of salaam end with  “Wa barakaatuhu”. One should not add any other words after “Wa barakaatuhu”.

عن محمد بن عمرو بن عطاء قال : كنت جالسا عند عبد الله بن عباس فدخل عليه رجل يماني فقال : السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته ثم زاد شيئا مع ذلك أيضا قال ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما: من هذا ؟ وهو يومئذ قد ذهب بصره قالوا : هذا اليماني الذي يغشاك فعرفوه إياه حتى عرفه قال ابن عباس : إن السلام انتهى إلى البركة. (المؤطا للامام محمد ص385)

Muhammad bin Amr bin Ataa’ (Rahimahullah) reports: “On one occasion I was seated with Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma), when a person from Yemen entered the gathering and made salaam saying ‘Assalaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wabaraakatuhu,’ and he then added some words with the salaam.  Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) asked: “Who is this person?” as at that time he had lost his eyesight. His companions said: “This is the person from Yemen who comes to your gatherings regularly.” They described the person until Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) recognized him. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) then said: “Salaam ends with barakah (i.e. by saying Wabaraakatuhu).”  

 

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 4

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

Salaam1. If one is greeted with salaam,  it is waajib for one to reply to the salaam.

2. When replying to the salaam, it is permissible for one to reply equally to the greeting received. However, if one increases the words in the greeting, it will be better and more rewarding  E.g. If one was greeted with the words “Assalaamu Alaikum”, then one may reply by saying “Wa alaikumus Salaam”. However, it is better and more rewarding for one to say “Wa Alaikumus Salaam Wa Rahmatullah” or  “Wa Alaikumus Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakaatuhu.”

وَإِذا حُيّيتُم بِتَحِيَّةٍ فَحَيّوا بِأَحسَنَ مِنها أَو رُدّوها

And when you are greeted with a greeting, then greet better than it or return it (in a like manner).

عن علي – يعني ابن أبي طالب – قال : دخلت المسجد فإذا أنا بالنبي صلى الله عليه و سلم في عصبة من أصحابه فقلت : السلام عليكم . فقال : وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله عشرون لي وعشر لك . قال : فدخلت الثانية فقلت : السلام عليكم ورحمة الله . فقال: وعليك السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته ثلاثون لي وعشرون لك. فدخلت الثالثة فقلت : السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته . فقال : وعليك السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته ثلاثون لي وثلاثون لك . أنا وأنت يا علي في السلام سواء إنه يا علي ما من رجل مر على مجلس فسلم عليهم إلا كتب الله له عشر حسنات ومحا عنه عشر سيئات ورفع له عشر درجات. (مجمع الزوائد رقم 12735)

Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that on one occasion I entered the Musjid and appeared before Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) while he was seated among a group of Sahaabah. I said: “Assalaamu Alaikum”. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied by saying “Wa Alaikumus Salaam Wa Rahmatullah”, and thereafter Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “You have received ten rewards and I have received twenty rewards (on account of me increasing the words of salaam).” Later on, I entered the presence of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) for a second time. I said: “Assalaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah.” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied by saying: “Wa Alaika Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakaatuhu”, and thereafter Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “You have received twenty rewards and I have received thirty rewards (on account of me increasing the words of salaam).” On the third occasion when I entered the presence of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), I said: “Assalaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wabaraakatuhu.” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied by saying: “Wa Alaika Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakaatuhu”, and thereafter Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “You have received thirty rewards and I have received thirty rewards. O Ali, you and I are equal in the rewards of salaam. O Ali, whichever person passes by a gathering, then he makes salaam upon the people present in the gathering, he will receive ten blessings from Allah Ta’ala, ten sins will be wiped out and he will be elevated ten stages in the Hereafter (on account of greeting the people in the gathering).”

 

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 3

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

Salaam1. When making salaam, one should make salaam by saying “Assalaamu Alaikum.”  One may add to the words of the salaam by saying “Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah ” or “Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakaatuhu”. The more words one uses in the salaam causes the reward to increase.

عن عمران بن حصين رضي الله عنه قال جاء رجل إلى النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال السلام عليكم. فرد عليه السلام ثم جلس فقال النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم عشر. ثم جاء آخر فقال السلام عليكم ورحمة الله فرد عليه فجلس فقال عشرون. ثم جاء آخر فقال السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته فرد عليه فجلس فقال ثلاثون. (ابو داود رقم 5197)

Hadhrat Imraan ibn Husain (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that once a person came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and greeted him saying: "Assalaamu alaikum." Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: "He has received ten rewards." Thereafter another person came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and greeted him saying: "Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullah." Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: "He has received twenty rewards." Thereafter another person came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and greeted him saying: "Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh." Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: "He has received thirty rewards."

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

Salaam1. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has encouraged us in the mubaarak Ahaadith to make salaam a common practice among ourselves. Making salaam will be a means of creating love and unity among ourselves.

عن عبد الله بن عمرو: أن رجلا سأل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أي الإسلام خير؟ قال: تطعم الطعام وتقرأ السلام على من عرفت ومن لم تعرف (بخاري رقم 12)

Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Amr (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that a man once asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): “Which feature and etiquette of Islam is highly commendable and good?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “Feeding the creation and greeting people with salaam whether you know them or not.”

عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: لا تدخلون الجنة حتى تؤمنوا ولا تؤمنوا حتى تحابوا أولا أدلكم على شيء إذا فعلمتموه تحاببتم؟ أفشوا السلام بينكم. (مسلم رقم 54)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "You will not enter Paradise until you bring Imaan; and you will not acquire perfect Imaan until you possess mutual love. Should I not show you a method whereby you will be able to inculcate mutual love among yourselves? Make salaam a common practice amongst yourselves (i.e. at the time of meeting each other).”