Greeting with Peace *, Dr Emdad Khan
We, as social being, interact with several other human being on daily basis. They may be family members, friends, coworkers or neighbours.
As a courtesy, we need to do some form of greeting, say hello, good day, good morning. But its best to greet with peace. Ask about their well being, their family before our social, work or business transaction. It is good to show the person, we care for him and we are his well wishers
God the almighty, taught us, to greet by saying, As-Salamu- Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu. It means, may the peace of God be upon you and His mercy and His blessings. This exchange of greetings has benefits for both persons in this life and the hereafter.
By Saying “As- Salamu- Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu”, we extend our hand and express very strong bond of security and peace and guarantee not to harm. It is also a prayer, we pray, Oh God make this person peaceful and have tranquility in his mind, body, work, life and so on.
Greeting also is a kind of worshipping of God, as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised us to offer greetings, to spread kind feelings between them.
We earn great rewards by offering simple and easy greeting. Our prophet Muhammed (PBUH) stated, ‘O people, exchange greetings of peace (i.e., say: As-Salamu ‘Alaikum to one another), feed people, strengthen the ties of kinship, and be in prayer when others are asleep, you will enter Jannah in peace.’
So, let us make it a habit to say As-salamu Alykum wa Rahmatullah whether we know or don’t know a person.
Benefits of Peace Greeting:
- Protects our heart from envy or enmity, as the Prophet (PBUH) said, By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another. May I inform you of something, if you do, you love each other. Promote greeting amongst you (by saying As-salamu ‘Alaikum to one another).
- Receiving great rewards from God, the Almighty, a man came to the Prophet and said: “As-Salamu ‘Alaikum (may you be safe from evil). The Prophet responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Prophet said, “Ten (meaning the man had earned ten good deeds).” Another one came and said: “As-Salamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. The Prophet responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Prophet said, “Twenty” A third one came and said: “As-Salamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu. The Prophet responded to his greeting and the man sat down. Messenger of Allah (Peace and mercy be upon him) said, “Thirty.”
So, let us target to earn 100 rewards daily by greeting 10 persons and develop good bondage and friendship, peace and tranquility in our life
– One of the best obedient act to God. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr reported, a person asked the Prophet. “What (sort of) deeds in or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” He replied, “To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you don’t know.”
– We et closer to God. The Prophet stated, those who are nearest to God are they who are first to give a salutation.
Manners of greeting:
-Saying “As- Salam-U- Alaikum” in a mild voice, that an awake person can hear and in the same time doesn’t’ annoy the asleep. Al-Miqdad reported,We used to reserve for the Prophet his share of the milk, and he would come at night and offer greetings in such a manner as did not disturb those asleep and was heard only by those who were awake.
–The rider gives the Salam to the walking person, and the walking person to the sitting person and the few to the many. Ibn Al-Muthanna narrated: “And the young one gives the Salam to the elder.”
– When entering the house, it is better to greet the family as a kind of love and respect. Almighty God states: But when you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from God (i.e. say: As-Salamu ‘Alaikum – peace be on you) blessed and good. Thus, God makes clear the Ayat (these Verses or your religious symbols and signs, etc.) to you that you may understand.” (Quran.com/24/61)
– Greeting one another when you gather and also when you are about to depart, as The Prophet said, when one of you arrives in a gathering, he should offer Salam to those who are already there, and he should also do so when he intends to depart. The first act of greeting is not more meritorious than the last.
– If we meet young boys, it’s better to greet them. It is a kind of modesty and mercy and it teaches them indirectly good manners. As it is narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) met some young boys playing in the street and he (being who he was) greeted them.
– Smiling in the face of our brothers and shaking their hands, increases friendship and removes our sins. The Messenger of God (PBUH) said, Two Muslims will not meet and shake hands without having their sins forgiven (by God) before they depart.
– When one enters an unoccupied house, one should say, “Peace be upon us and on the slaves of God, who are who are righteous), the Prophet recommended.
– Returning greeting is the most important gift. When one says, As- Salam Alaikum, we reply back equally or in a better way. We say “Wa-Alaikum As-Salam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu. God says in the Quran “When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally. Certainly, Allah is Ever a Careful Account Taker of all things.” (Quran.com/4/86)
Greeting in Paradise: The most beautiful fact showing the greatness of the peace greeting is that God makes it the greeting of the paradise in the Hereafter.
In the Hereafter, the Angles will offer greetings to the people of paradise … imagine the scene, when God says: “Their greeting on the Day, they shall meet Him will be “Salam: Peace (i.e. the angels will say to them: Salamu ‘Alaikum)!”And He has prepared for them a generous reward (i.e. Paradise).”(Quran.com/33/44)
We all are looking for peace, happiness and tranquility in our life. God, our creator has given us most beautiful too. But unfortunately, many of us are not using this tool effectively.
We have observed in our life in Ottawa, Dhaka and Bahrain, we give greeting/salam only to those whom we know or our own community members or coworkers. But let us be the first to give greeting and make it our daily habit and use this beautiful tool to create friendship, love and mercy among our friends, family, relatives, community, society, all people.