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Monday, 03 August 2020 04:35

Sunnats of Greeting - Part Fourteen

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16. If one enters a gathering wherein a talk or discussion of Deen is taking place, one should not make salaam as this disturbs the speaker as well as the gathering.

Monday, 06 July 2020 05:44

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Thirteen

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15. 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.

Monday, 29 June 2020 06:33

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Twelve

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

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

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

c) 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).

14. 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.

Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:31

Sunnats of Greeting - Part Eleven

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12. 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. (سنن أبي داود رقم: 5233)

Hazrat Ghaalib (rahimahullah) reports, “We were once seated at the door of (the home of) Hazrat 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).’’”

Monday, 15 June 2020 05:49

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Ten

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11. The person who makes salaam first gains greater reward.

عن أبي أمامة رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن أولى الناس بالله من بدأهم بالسلام (سنن أبي داود الرقم: 5199)

Hazrat Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who greets 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).”

Monday, 01 June 2020 19:27

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Nine

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10. When leaving the home, one should leave the home with salaam.

عن قتادة قال : قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا دخلتم بيتا فسلموا على أهله فإذا خرجتم فأودعوا أهله بسلام (شعب الايمان الرقم: 8459)

Hazrat 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 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, it is 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.

Sunday, 01 September 2019 07:21

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Eight

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9. One should make salaam upon entering the home. If there is no one present within the home, he should make salaam by saying, “Assalaamu ‘Alainaa Wa‘alaa ‘Ibaadillahis Saaliheen”.

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال: قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: يا بني إذا دخلت على أهلك فسلم يكون بركة عليك وعلى أهل بيتك (سنن الترمذي رقم 2698)

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once said to me, "O my beloved son, upon entering your home, greet your family (i.e. the inmates of the home) with salaam. This will be a means of earning blessings for yourself and your family.”

عن ابن عمر في الرجل يدخل في البيت أو في المسجد ليس فيه أحد قال: يقول: السلام علينا وعلى عباد الله الصالحين (المصنف لابن أبي شيبة رقم 26353)

It is reported that Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) mentioned regarding a person who enters a home or the Musjid wherein no one is present that he should say, “Assalaamu ‘Alainaa Wa‘alaa ‘Ibaadillahis Saaliheen.”

Monday, 26 August 2019 06:02

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Seven

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8. From an entire group of people, if one person among them makes salaam to someone they meet, his salaam will suffice on behalf of the entire group. Similarly, if a person meets a group of people and greets them with salaam, the reply of one person among them will suffice on behalf of the entire group.

عن علي بن أبي طالب رضي الله عنه (قال أبو داود رفعه الحسن بن علي) قال: يجزئ عن الجماعة إذا مروا أن يسلم أحدهم ويجزئ عن الجلوس أن يرد أحدهم (سنن أبي داود رقم 5212)

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “It suffices on behalf of an entire group of people when they pass by someone that one person among them makes salaam (to the person they meet), and it suffices on behalf of a group of people seated that one among them replies to the salaam (of the person who greets them with salaam).”

Monday, 05 August 2019 04:54

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Six

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7. When replying to the salaam of someone, one should reply to the salaam verbally and not by a mere sign of the hand or a nod of the head.

عن عمرو بن شعيب عن أبيه عن جده رضي الله عنهم أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ليس منا من تشبه بغيرنا لا تشبهوا باليهود ولا بالنصارى فإن تسليم اليهود الإشارة بالأصابع وتسليم النصارى الإشارة بالأكف (سنن الترمذي رقم 2695)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who emulates the ways (and culture) of others is not from amongst us. Do not emulate the Jews nor the Christians (in their ways and culture). When the Jews greet each other, they greet each other by gesturing with their fingers, and when the Christians greet each other, they greet each other by gesturing with their hands.” (Therefore, we should refrain from emulating them in their manner of greeting).

Monday, 29 July 2019 04:40

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Five

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6. The words of salaam end with “Wa barakaatuhu”. One should not add any other words after “Wa barakaatuhu”

. عن محمد بن عمرو بن عطاء قال: كنت جالسا عند عبد الله بن عباس فدخل عليه رجل يماني فقال: السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته ثم زاد شيئا مع ذلك أيضا قال ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما: من هذا وهو يومئذ قد ذهب بصره قالوا: هذا اليماني الذي يغشاك فعرفوه إياه حتى عرفه قال ابن عباس: إن السلام انتهى إلى البركة (المؤطا للامام محمد ص385)

Muhammad bin ‘Amr bin ‘Ataa’ (rahimahullah) reports, “On one occasion, I was seated with Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) when a person from Yemen entered the gathering and made salaam saying, ‘Assalaam ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wabaraakatuhu’ and he then added some words with the salaam. Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) asked, “Who is this person?” as at that time, he had lost his eyesight. His companions said, “This is the person from Yemen who comes to your gatherings regularly.” They described the person until Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) recognized him. Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) then said, “Salaam ends with barakah (i.e. by saying wabaraakatuhu).””

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