" & when you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or return it equally."
[soorah An-Nisa, v:86]
Did you wake up this morning and say "As-Salaamu Alaikum" to your spouse or your child?
Or when we see them off to school, do we send them off with a 'bye', instead of "As-Salaamu Alaikum", the dua for peace and blessings?
Ibn al-Qayyim says:
Thus the greeting of salaam is better than all of these, because it has the meaning of safety which is life, without which nothing else can be achieved…."
"As-Salaamu Alaikum" is the best Dua
Some say 'Saakum", some just mumble something incomprehensible under their breath and some don't even bother to say anything at all! And if they are being really nice to you, they just might throw you a 'hey' from afar.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "The best of the two persons is the one who begins with salaam."
(Related by an-Nawawi)
(Bukhaari and Muslim)
"Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, "Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring."
[Sahih Bukhari: # 543]
"When you enter houses, greet (with peace) one another with a salutation from Allah, blessed and good. As such Allah makes clear to you His verses so that you understand."
(Surah an-Nur: 61)
(Abu Dawud and Tirmithi)
By Asma bint Shameem
edited by Umm-Abdullaah