6- Quranic Gem
و اذا حييتم بتحية فحيوا باحسن منها او رُدُّوهَا
“When you are greeted with a greeting, then reply with a better greeting, or at least return the same greeting.”
Salam is something which many people take as something light. It really has no value in our eyes. When a muslim greets another Muslim with Salam, it is as though he is telling Allah to shower peace upon his fellow Muslim brother and vice versa. And the quality of Allah is ‘As-Salam’ (the giver of peace), so Allah will give peace to the highest degree because of his quality.
Nowadays, even whilst entering the house it seems a burden to say Salam. Whereas it’s a means of Barakah in the house.
When we see someone we know we expect that he or she should initiate the Salam so that I can reply. Scholars say that to give Salam is Sunnah and to reply is compulsory, and majority of the times a compulsory deed is more virtuous than a Sunnah deed because of its rank. But regarding initiating Salam, they say it’s from amongst those optional deeds which is superior than a compulsory deed i.e to reply.
In one Hadith we’ve been told
البادئ بالسلام بري من الكبر
“The one who initiates the Salam is free from arrogance.”
لا تدخلون الجنة حتى تؤمنوا ولا تؤمنوا حتى تحابوا أولا أدلكم على شيء إذا فعلتموه تحاببتم أفشوا السلام بينكم
Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم said, you cannot enter jannah until you become perfect believers and this can only happen if you love one another (for the sake of Allah), should I not teach you something that if you do it, you’ll have this mutual love? He said, spread Salam in between yourselves.
On the auspicious moment of Hijra, when Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم entered Madina the first piece of advice he gave was افشوا اللسلام ‘spread Salam’.
The sahaba RA, whilst walking together, if a tree or a huge rock would come in between them they would repeat the Salam. Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar RA would go to the market place only to spread salam.
In the verse Allah is saying if someone says, السلام عليكم then reply with, و عليكم السلام و رحمة الله. (Also add on و بركاته). The more the words the greater the reward. For every extra word the reward increases by 10.
Salam whilst entering house:
عن أنس ان رسول الله صلي الله عليه و سلم قال: يا بني اذا دخلت علي اهلك فسلم يكون بركة عليك و علي أهل بيتك (الترمذي)
Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم advised Anas RA saying, “O my son! When you enter your house, say Salam it will be a means of Barakah for you and your family”.
From the etiquettes of Salam is to:
1. Say Salam loudly
2. Say Salam clearly, don’t mumble