Spreading Peace

I am covering this topic for I think my children have lack of understanding of the importance of Islamic greeting in their daily life. I observe that sometimes they do not respond to a greeting, particularly Z or when they do, it was not a proper respond. But the best thing is, I am the one who learn the most when I visits all the hadith related to islamic greetings. Alhamdullilah.

What do you say when you meet your friends yaani the muslim friends?
Do you say hi? Hello?

Why not from now on we all try to say ASSALAMMUALAIKUM when we meet our friends? I will try it too Insya Allah.

Listen to this ayah Al Anaam 6:54

And when those who believe in Our revelations come unto thee, say: Peace be unto you! Your Lord hath prescribed for Himself mercy, that whoso of you doeth evil through ignorance and repenteth afterward thereof and doeth right, (for him) lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (54)

Listen to this beautiful hadith

The book of Faith
Muslim :: Book 1 : Hadith 96

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessing be upon him) observed: You shall not enter Paradise so long as you do not affirm belief (in all those things which are the articles of faith) and you will not believe as long as you do not love one another. Shall I direct you about a thing which if you do, will love one another? Greet one another.

spread the peace. That is what salam means..peace.

How the Salam began?

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 74 :: Hadith 246

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Allah created Adam in his complete shape and form (directly), sixty cubits (about 30 meters) in height. When He created him, He said (to him), “Go and greet that group of angels sitting there, and listen what they will say in reply to you, for that will be your greeting and the greeting of your offspring.” Adam (went and) said, ‘As-Salamu alaikum (Peace be upon you).’ They replied, ‘AsSalamu-‘Alaika wa Rahmatullah (Peace and Allah’s Mercy be on you) So they increased ‘Wa Rahmatullah’ The Prophet added ‘So whoever will enter Paradise, will be of the shape and form of Adam. Since then the creation of Adam’s (offspring) (i.e. stature of human beings is being diminished continuously) to the present time.”

Practice saying Asslammualaikum and Waalaikummussalam. Do it slowly and check whether they are pronouncing it right.

Greeting another Muslim is our duty.

Do you know that it is our duty to greet another Muslim? This is based on this hadith

Muslim :: Book 26 : Hadith 5379

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Six are the rights of a Muslim over another Muslim. It was said to him: Allah’s Messenger, what are these? Thereupon he said: When you meet him, offer him greetings;when he invites you to a feast accept it. when he seeks your council give him, and when he sneezes and says:” All praise is due to Allah,” you say Yarhamuk Allah (may Allah show mercy to you) ; and when he falls ill visit him; and when he dies follow his bier.

So do say salam to your friends.

You see when we greet our friends using the western greeting, we are rekindling friendship with them. When we ask how they are, we are showing concern about the, Which are all very good.

But when you give salam, not only will you be rekindling the friendship and brotherhood, but you are also praying for peace for your friend. And that will be rewarded by Allah, Insya Allah.

Exercise :
Write السلام عليكم in the arabic font

السلام عليكم means “May Peace be upon you”. Its’ a wonderful dua’ that we can give our brothers and sisters. Practice it often.

How do we return greetings?

Let’s look at this verse in the Quran first

An Nisaa’ 4:86
When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally. Certainly, Allâh is Ever a Careful Account Taker of all things.[] (86)

So if one says salam to you, you can chose to reply by saying

وعليكم السلام
(and peace be upon you)

or even better
وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله
(and peace and the mercy of Allah be upon you)

or the best reply is
وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركته
(and peace and the mercy of Allah and blessings be upon you)

(there are other ways to return the greetings, but these are the most common ways.

Giving Salam to people we don’t know

Now that you know that giving salam is a duty, I would like you to try giving salam to people you do not know too. (Even though I am not sure whether the children would have the confidence to do that. This one is mainly for myself. I am trying to give salam to people I don’t know. I am starting with the group of ladies in the lecture I attend to do but of whom I do not know. The ladies that I meet in the mussolla (after praying). When I enter the ladies’ waiting room. I will try Insya Allah)

Book of Asking Permission

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 74 :: Hadith 253

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:

A man asked the Prophet, “What Islamic traits are the best?” The Prophet said, “Feed the people, and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know.”

Some Manners on Giving Salam

There are some manners and ways for us to know on who should give greeting first.

Let’s read these hadiths.

The book of Asking Permission

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 74 :: Hadith 252

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The younger person should greet the older one, and the walking person should greet the sitting one, and the small number of persons should greet the large number of persons.”

The book of Asking Permission

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 74 :: Hadith 251

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The riding one should greet the walking one, and the walking one should greet the sitting one, and the small number of persons should greet the large number of persons.”

Let me summarise it here
1. Young people should greet the older ones first
2. The smaller group should greet the bigger ones.
3. When one enters a gathering, he should give the greeting
4. The person walking should greet the one sitting
5. The person riding should greet the person walking.

Having said that, it is recommended that we greet the little children first. Based on this hadith

Book of Asking Permission

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 74 :: Hadith 264

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

that he passed by a group of boys and greeted them and said, “The Prophet used to do so.”

It is also recommended that when you meet people you know, besides giving a smile (smile is a sadaqah btw), we should shake hands too.

Book of Asking Permission

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 74 :: Hadith 279

Narrated Qatada:

I asked Anas, “Was it a custom of the companions of the Prophet to shake hands with one another?” He said, “Yes.”

S went to google the Assalamualaikum nasyid because she remembered I use to put this one up. Here it is.


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2 responses to “Spreading Peace

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