The benefit and importance of Salam
Published: 11:11 PM, 15 October 2019
We as human beings live in a society. There are people of different ages, professions, classes, and minds. But to live together we need harmony. That's why we need to have a good relationship and for making a good relationship we need good interactions. In the initial, we start our conversations with greetings. And the best greeting ever is the Salam.
‘Salam’ is an Arabic word which means ‘peace’. It also used for harmlessness, benefit, and protection from the evils. ‘Salam’ is also the name of Allah (SWT). When we greet generally, we use to say “As-Salamu Alikum, “which means— “Peace be upon you”.
Muslims should greet each other by saying “As-Salaamu Alaikum”. One should respond with “Wa-Alaikumus Salaam”. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The best of the two persons is the one who begins with ‘Salam’ (Nawawi). He (PBUH) also said, “The person closest to Allah is the one who proceeds others with greetings.” (Abu Dawud).
When Allah (SWT) created Adam (PBUH), the first human being in the world, He taught him how to greet, Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatu Allah Wa Barakatuhu to the angels and they answered him back. The Salam which we say to each other today is actually the greeting of the people of Jannah.
The full form of Salam is “As-Salamu-Alikum-Wa-Rahmatullahi-Wa-Barakatuhu”. Prophet (PBUH) always inspired to Salam first. It is Sunnah to add more in reply of Salam than what he said. For example, if anybody says Assalamu Alaikum, in reply you should say, Wa-Alaikum As Salaam Wa Rahmatu Allah.
It is better to use the full form of Salam. Narrated 'Imran bin Husain (RA), "A man came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said: 'As-Salamu 'Alaikum (Peace be upon you).'" [He said:] "So the Prophet (PBUH) said: 'Ten (Sawab).' Then another came and he said: 'As-Salamu 'Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah (Peace be upon you, and the mercy of Allah).' So the Prophet (PBUH) said: 'Twenty.' Then another came and said: 'As-Salamu 'Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh (Peace be upon you, and the mercy of Allah, and His Blessings).' So the Prophet (PBUH) said: 'Thirty.'" (Tirmidhi: 2689).
In Holy Quran, Allah (SWT) said, “And those who believed (in the Oneness of God and His Messengers and whatever they brought) and did righteous deeds, will be made to enter Gardens under which rivers flow, – to dwell therein forever (i.e. in Paradise), with the permission of their Lord. Their greeting therein will be, Salam” (Sura Ibrahim: Ayat 23).
Offering Salam first is considered ‘Sunnah’ or optional; while returning Salam is considered ‘Wajib’ or obligatory. Allah (SWT) said, “And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it or at least return it equally.” (Sura a Nisa: Ayat 86).
Saying Salaam is one of the rights over another Muslim as Holy Prophet (PBUH) said in one of his hadith: “The Muslim has five rights over his Fellow-Muslim: he should reply his Salaams, visit him when he is sick, attend his funeral, accept his invitation, and pray for mercy for him when he sneezes” (Bukhari).
Salam is an important aspect of Islam. It is not only for whom you know, but also for the unknown persons. Salaam is an aspect of Imaan. Once a man asked from Holy Prophet (PBUH) about which aspect of Islam was the best then Prophet (PBUH) replied: “Feeding the hungry and saying Salaam to those you know and those you don’t know.”(Bukhari). To be introduced with new people when you say Salam, the person feels honored, comfortable and be interested to talk with you.
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) 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 Salam amongst yourselves. “ (Muslim: 54 and Tirmidhi: 2513).
Salam makes the heart soften for each-other. It increases love and respect for others when you say Salam. The arrogance which is hidden in the mind, Salam can erase it. Allah (SWT) never likes arrogant people. So, Allah (SWT) forgives them who greet by Salam. Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) said: “When two Muslims meet (give salaam), and shake hands, they are forgiven their sins before they become departed (with each other)”(Abu Dawud). So we can say that As-Salaamu Alaikum is a source of remission of sins.
Maybe there have some misunderstanding or clash between two persons when you meet him or her again, begin the conversation with Salam. It was narrated by Abu Ayub Ansari (RA) that Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “It is not permissible for a Muslim to leave his brother for more than three days (each of them turning away from the other if they meet). The better of them is the first to say Salam.” (Al-Bukhari: 6233).
So, saying Salam should be all of our habits. Many of us feel shy to start a new habit, but if you start once, you can easily overcome this bar. Every time when you enter the house or leave the house, see a child or an adult say, “As-Salaamu Alaikum”. Family, friends, colleagues, among all, spread the message of blessing and also bless yourself with Salam. And finally to say- As-Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.
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