Hello everyone, Alhamdulillah (All praise to Allah) it’s another Friday, my personal favorite and best day of the week. I know it’s been a while, wait who am I kidding? It’s been forever and so I’m glad to present to you another episode of Revive a Sunnah _yay¡¡¡
Generally, as people we tend to only say hello to the people we know and that’s if we bother to say hello at all, we’re now in the generation where everyone minds his own business and saying hello could be an intrusion, if only we knew just how much good it’ll do, to say greetings to a total stranger with a smile. Well as Muslims we are encouraged not only to spread Salam (greeting of peace) but to spread this Islamic greeting (As-salam alaykum warahmotullah) to both known and unknown Muslims
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) made spreading salaam a part of faith.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) 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.”
At-Tufail bin Ubayy bin Ka`b (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I used to visit `Abdullah bin `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) in the morning and accompany him to the market. `Abdullah offered greetings of peace to every one he met on the way, be they sellers of petty goods, traders or poor people. One day when I came to him, he asked me to accompany him to the market. I said to him: “What is the point of your going to the market when you do not sell, nor ask about articles, nor offer a price for them, nor sit down with any company of people. Let us sit down here and talk.” He replied: “O Abu Batn (belly)! (Tufail had a large belly), we go to the market to greet everyone we meet.”
`Abdullah bin Salam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) 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.”
The Arabs used to greet one another with the words “An’im sabaahan” or “An’imu sabaahan” [equivalent to “Good morning” – Translator], using words derived from “al-ni’mah”, which means good living after the morning. The idea was that because the morning is the first part of the day, if a person encounters something good in the morning, the rest of the day will be good too.
When Islam came, Allaah prescribed that the manner of greeting among Muslims should be “Al-salaamu alaykum,” the meaning of salaam (literally, peace) is harmlessness, safety and protection from evil and from faults. The name as-Salaam is a Name of Allaah, may He be exalted, so the meaning of the greeting of salaam which is required among Muslims is, “May the blessing of His Name descend upon you.” The usage of the preposition ‘ala in ‘alaykum (upon you) indicates that the greeting is inclusive.
Revive a Sunnah and spread peace everywhere you go, you’ll get a reward (because it’s Sunnah) and you just might put a smile on somebody’s face.
Don’t forget to share, sharing is caring
Peace be with you…