When you meet someone after a short time, or when you come home from a long working or academic day, you greet everyone. This greeting in Muslims is known as Salam. You will learn many things about how Muslims meet and greet each other. Let’s get straight into the topic.
WHAT IS A GREETING?
Greetings mean when you meet someone, you say hello or Hi to ask them how they are and how they are doing. You say some welcoming, warm words to the person you meet, and they say the same in return. There are different cultures and ways to meet and greet people.
For example, the Turkish kiss on the back of the hand of the eldest member of the house. The French people kiss at both sides of the Cheek whenever they meet. The Arabic people hug each other three times. The Americans shake hands etc.
HOW DOES A MUSLIM MEET?
When Muslims meet each other, they say the prayers of blessings. They say “Assalamualaikum,” which means “May peace be upon you.” To reply to the prayer, other Muslims say “Wa Alaikum Salam,” which means “may peace be upon you too.”
Muslims always meet and greet with these prayers even when they live in the same house. It is such a beautiful blessing and prayer to tell anyone you meet. There is no restriction to Salam only to your acquaintances, and you can Salam to anyone you meet, even for the first time.
WHY IS SALAM IMPORTANT IN ISLAM?
Salam is the best way to start a conversation in a good manner. When you buy something at a random shop, say Salam to the shopkeeper, he already becomes all ears to you. Being a social person, you need to move into society with good deeds and harmony. FAJR PRAYER IMPORTANCE TIMINGS AND DETAILS
Salam helps develop peace, love, harmony, and respect among people when they exchange it. Salam grows the seeds of brotherhood, love, and care in people’s hearts and eradicates the hostility between them.
WHAT DOES SALAM MEAN?
Salam is derived from an Arabic word, “Peace, protection from the bad, welfare, and harmlessness.” Salam is also the name of Allah Almighty, which means “may the blessings of Allah be showered upon you.” When you say Salam to anyone, it means that you want nothing but peace, safety, and security for that person.
WHEN WAS SALAM INTRODUCED FIRST?
Salam was introduced first by the prophet or messenger of Allah, Hazrat Adam (AS). Allah Almighty asked Hazrat Adam (AS) to salam to all His angels. The best way to offer Salam is “Assalamualaikum warehmatullahi Wa Barakatu.” The best way to answer Salam is “walaikum Salam warehmatullahi Wa Barakatu.”
Meet your loved ones with the best greetings of Salam and show them that you are their well-wishers. Spread the blessings and positivity through your greetings.