Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 3

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."

Looking for Ways to Benefit the Ummah

Power-SearchHazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

We should now and again take out time to think about the areas and places in which we will be able to work and influence people towards Deen. Thereafter, we should look for ways whereby we may succeed in inviting them and drawing them close to Allah Ta’ala. After determining the plan of action, we should place our reliance upon Allah Ta’ala and commence the work. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.64)

Preserving the Blessings of Ramadhaan

Ramadaan 2Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Just as water brings about life, so too do the blessings of Ramadhaan bring life to the soul. Once it is stored in the soul, fulfilling the orders of Allah Ta‘ala in the remaining months of the year become easy. It is preserved by protecting the inlets to the soul from sins, i.e. the eyes, ears and tongue.  

The Essence of I’tikaaf

ReservedHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The purpose of I’tikaaf is to create mental seclusion with the Beloved (i.e. Allah Ta‘ala). This is the beginning of spiritual progress. The hadeeth says that before nubuwwat, seclusion was made beloved to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The mind has to be completely free from all other worries, concerns, desires and aspirations. Like a reserved parking, the mind doesn’t only need to be paak (pure), but also needs to be reserved solely for Allah Ta‘ala.

Resisting Temptations

Ramadaan 3Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

In this world, different types of temptations are put before us, such as women, wealth, peer pressure, etc. Allah Ta‘ala wants to see our loyalty to Him and our perseverance. This is the test of sabr and this is what Ramadhaan teaches us when we are ordered to resist from permissible temptations in this month. On the other hand, Jannat is a place free from the test of temptations and sabr.