Spread the Love make SALAAM
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Spread the Love...


The importance of Salaam
How many times have you been at the mall and passed by your fellow Muslim brother or sister without greeting them?  And if you greeted them just how many of us use hi and bye as greetings?  For most of us this happens all the time.  Why don't we greet our Muslim brothers or sisters with Salaam?? Maybe it's because we don't understand salaam and how important it is. Maybe if we knew it could be our ticket to Jannah we would have greeted with it at all costs instead of using the shallow and meaningless Hi’s and Bye’s. 

Allah Ta’ala has prescribed Salaam for us, and it is the greeting that is unique to Muslims.  Salaam is better than all other greetings because it has a deep meaning to it. In fact when you make salaam to a person you are in actual fact making a duaa for him.  Assalamu-alaikum means may peace and blessings of Allah descend upon you.  Where can you find a better greeting than this??  NOWHERE!!!  Also, our greeting is one of the best things in Islam.  Nabi (S.A.W.) made spreading salaam a part of faith.  Narrated from 'Abd-Allaah ibn 'Umar (R.A.) that a man asked the Messenger of Allah  (S.A.W.): "What is the best thing in Islam?" He said, "Feeding others and giving the greeting of salaam to those whom you know and those whom you do not know"(Bukhari).

So you ask yourself, "Why is it such a big deal to say salaam to some other Muslim?  I don't even know them"!  Well, to answer this question, saying salaam to another Muslim is Sunnah and it is FARD to reply. Hadrat Abu Hurayrah (R.A.) said that the Prophet (S.A.W.) said: "The Muslim has five rights over his fellow-Muslim: he should return his salaams, visit him when he is sick, attend his funeral, accept his invitation, and pray for mercy for him when he sneezes"(Bukhari).  If you don't say salaam or reply, you're losing your hasanats (Good deeds). Hadrat Abu Huraira (R.A.) reported that a man passed by the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) while he was sitting with some others, and said "As-salaamu Alaikum". The Prophet (S.A.W.) said "He will have 10 hasanats".  Another man passed by and said "As-salaam Alaikum wa rahmat-Allah".  The Prophet (S.A.W.) said he will have 20 hasanats".  Another man passed and said "As-salamu-alaikum wa rahmat -Allaahi wa barakaatuh".  The Prophet (S.A.W) said he will have 30 hasanats"(Bukhari).  From this Hadith, we can see one reason of many as to why saying Salaam is so important.  Many of us just say "Assalamu-Alaikum".  But just for adding a few more words, you get 10 more hasanats!!!  How merciful can Allah Ta’ala get???  Who would want to miss out on these rewards?

Allah's Apostle (S.A.W.) 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"(Bukhari).  It also should be said when you are entering or leaving your home.
So how come, after all these hadith's, we don't say salaam to one another?  When we are at school, we say hi and bye to our Muslim friends.  This is not right.  Allah's Messenger (S.A.W.) said, "He does not belong to us who imitates other people. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians, for the Jews' salutation is to make a gesture with the fingers and the Christians' salutation is to make a gesture with the palms of the hands"(At-Tirmidi).   Allah has given us a greeting of our own, use it!!  Don't be shy to say it at school or anywhere else.  Who cares what people think??  Every time you say it you get 20 hasanats, so take advantage of it. 

  From the above we can deduce just how important saying salaam is.  Allah Ta’ala is so merciful to us, and gives us many chances for rewards, yet we don't go for those chances.  Salaam increases love amongst Muslims.  It bonds us together.  No matter what nationality we are, we still have the same greeting.  Go out there and greet those whom you know and even those whom you don't know.  Say "assalamu-alaikum" to your friends at school.  Be proud of who you are.  We conclude with this hadith: The Prophet (S.A.W.) said: "You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you about something which, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread salaam amongst yourselves"(Sahih Muslim).


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