Monday, March 19, 2012

Did you remember your GREETINGS today?


Assalamualykum wa rahmatulahi wa barkatuhu,

In 12 months of being Muslim, I have learnt much about my deen masha'Allah, Alhamdulilah. One particular thing I noticed is that many of the Muslims today seem to forget their basic manners. The simple greetings of peace to their fellow Muslims. Below are verses from the Qur'an and Ahadith that simply stress the importance of the Islamic greeting towards one and another. It takes less than a second to say, or type, and you earn rewards while doing so. So DON'T forget your greetings next time you speak to a Muslim. If you can say "hey, hello, what's up, "yo" " then why can't you say something that a) sounds pleasing to Allah b) sounds pleasing to the ears of others c) and earns simple rewards ?


Allah, the Exalted, says:
"O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and greeted those in them.'' (24:27)
"But when you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from Allah (i.e., say: As-Salamu `alaikum - peace be on you), blessed and good.'' (24:61)
"When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally.'' (4:86)
"Has the story reached you, of the honoured guests [three angels; Jibril (Gabriel) along with another two] of Ibrahim (Abraham)? When they came in to him, and said, `Salam (peace be upon you)!' He answered: `Salam (peace be upon you).''' (51:24,25)



Tafseer Ibn Kathir . The Noble Qur'an An-Nisa 4:86

Allah said,
(When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally.) meaning, if the Muslim greets you with the Salam, then return the greeting with a better Salam, or at least equal to the Salam that was given. Therefore, the better Salam is recommended, while returning it equally is an obligation.
Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Raja' Al-`Utaridi said that `Imran bin Husayn said that a man came to the Messenger of Allah and said, "As-Salamu `Alaykum''. The Prophet returned the greeting, and after the man sat down he said, "Ten.'' Another man came and said, "As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatullah, O Allah's Messenger.'' The Prophet returned the greeting, and after the man sat down he said, "Twenty.'' Then another man came and said, "As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.'' The Prophet returned the greeting, and after the man sat down he said, "Thirty.'' This is the narration recorded by Abu Dawud. At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasa'i and Al-Bazzar also recorded it. At-Tirmidhi said, "Hasan Gharib''.


848. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "By Him in Whose Hand is my life! You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I inform you of something which, if you do, you will love one another? Promote greetings amongst yourselves.''
[Muslim].

Commentary:  Iman is a prerequisite for entry to Jannah. Whereas mutual love among Muslims is complementary to it, and this quality can only be attained by giving a social character to the Islamic form of greeting, that is to say, `As-Salamu `Alaikum.'

849. `Abdullah bin Salam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) saying, "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.''
[At-Tirmidhi].

Commentary: All these habits and practices are indispensable to a believer because each one of them leads to Jannah with the first people to enter it without being punished in Hell first.

My favourite one: 


* 858. Abu Umamah Sudaiy bin `Ajlan Al-Bahili (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "The person nearest to Allah is one who is the first to offer greeting.''
[Abu Dawud].

The narration in At-Tirmidhi is: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked: "O Messenger of Allah! When two persons meet, who should greet the other first?'' The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "The person nearest to Allah (i.e., one who is more obedient and therefore closer to Allah will say: As-Salam first.''


Commentary:  The degree of a man's humbleness and modesty will be measured by the degree of his nearness to Allah. One who is nearer to Allah is always the first to offer As-Salam to others, while others stick to their stuck-up behaviour *


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