Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 21

This entry is part 21 of 26 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1. It is an adab (Islamic etiquette) that the one who is walking should greet the one who is sitting first. The one who is riding a conveyance should greet the one who is walking first. Similarly, the young should greet the elders first, and a small jamaat (those that are fewer in number) should greet the bigger jamaat (those who are many) first.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال يسلم الراكب على الماشي والماشي على القاعد والقليل على الكثير وزاد ابن المثنى في حديثه ويسلم الصغير على الكبير (مسلم رقم 2703)

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who is riding a conveyance should greet the one who is walking first. The one who is walking should greet the one who is sitting first. Those that are few in number (a small group) should greet those that are many (a big group) first. The young should greet the elders first.”

Note: Though the Islamic etiquette is that these groups mentioned in the Hadith should greet first, however each one should endeavour to make salaam first, as it was the sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to greet first upon meeting.

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 22

This entry is part 22 of 26 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1.One should not make salaam when greeting a non Muslim. If a non Muslim greets one with salaam, then one should reply by merely saying “Wa Alaik” (and upon you), and if many non Muslims greet one with salaam, one should reply by saying “Wa Alaikum” (and upon you all).

عن أنس بن مالك أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: إذا سلم عليكم أهل الكتاب فقولوا وعليكم (مسلم رقم 2163)

Hazrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: When the Ahl-e-kitaab (Jews and Christians) make salaam to you, then reply by merely saying “Wa alaikum”.

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 23

This entry is part 23 of 26 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1.When two Muslims meet, then after salaam they should make musaafaha (shake hands). Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said that the completion of greeting one’s Muslim brother at the time of meeting him is that he makes musaafaha with him after salaam.

عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال من تمام التحية الأخذ باليد (ترمذي رقم 2730)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “(When two Muslims meet) then the completion of their greeting (each other with salaam) is that they make musaafaha with each other.”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 24

This entry is part 24 of 26 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1. One should make musaafaha with both hands.

عن ابن مسعود قال علمني رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وكفي بين كفيه التشهد كما يعلمني السورة من القرآن (بخاري رقم 6265)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports: “Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) taught me the tashahhud in the manner he would teach me a surah of the Quran. At the time of teaching me the tashahhud (he made musaafah with me while) my hand was between his two hands (i.e. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) made musaafaha with me with both his hands).”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 25

This entry is part 25 of 26 in the series Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting

1.When making musaafaha one should merely grasp the next person’s hands. There is no need to shake the hands.

2.When making musaafaha do not grip the next person’s hands so tight causing him pain or difficulty.