Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 9

This entry is part 11 of 26 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 10

This entry is part 12 of 26 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 11

This entry is part 13 of 26 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1.  When someone conveys the salaam of a person to you, then you should reply by saying “Alaika Wa Alaihis Salaam”. However, if one replies by merely saying “Wa alaikumus Salaam”, it will suffice.

عن غالب قال إنا لجلوس بباب الحسن إذ جاء رجل فقال حدثنى أبى عن جدى قال بعثنى أبى إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال ائته فأقرئه السلام. قال فأتيته فقلت إن أبى يقرئك السلام. فقال: عليك وعلى أبيك السلام. (ابو داود رقم 5233)

Hadhrat Ghaalib (Rahimahullah) reports: “We were once seated at the door of (the home of) Hadhrat Hasan Basri (Rahimahullah) when a person came and said: ‘My father related the following incident from my grandfather. He (my grandfather) said: ‘My father once sent me to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying, ‘Go to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and convey my salaams to him.’ When I reached him I conveyed the salaams of my father saying, ‘My father conveys salaams to you.’ Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “Alaika Wa ala abeeka salaam (i.e. May salaam (peace) descend upon you and upon your father).’”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 12

This entry is part 14 of 26 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1. When one greets his Muslim brother with salaam, he benefits him in three ways:

1) He makes duaa for him that Allah Ta’ala keep him in peace. Salaam is a greeting of peace.

2) He reminds him that Allah Ta’ala is with him and watching him at all times. ‘Salaam’ is the name of Allah Ta’ala.

3) He informs him that when he has greeted him with the greeting of peace, he is certainly his well-wisher and he will not harm him in any way (neither verbally, physically or in any other way).

2. It is waajib to reply to the salaam that is written in a letter/SMS/Email etc. The reply may be given in writing or verbally.

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 13

This entry is part 15 of 26 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1. It is not correct to write the salaam in an abbreviated form (e.g. slmz, salaams etc.). This is not in keeping with the respect of the salaam. If the salaam was written in an abbreviated form (e.g. slmz, salaams etc.), it is not waajib to reply to such a salaam.