Significance of salaams.

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


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Dear Br.Burhan,

Jazakallah Khaira for your untiring efforts Bhai,may Allah unite our ummah.

Br. would u write in detail the significance,importance and how it helps people that is the greeting "Assalamu alikum wrwb"


Note:One brother was telling that it is the sign of qayamat that people ignore/hesitant saying that true. 


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Significance of salaams

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Your Question: Br. would u write in detail the significance,importance and how it helps people that is the greeting "Assalamu alikum wrwb"
 It is only natural and an accepted norm and etiquette in most civilized societies that when one meets another, one starts their meeting or conversation with a greeting: Hi! Hello! Hey? Yo! What’s up? Etc.etc……


Instead of using such absolutely useless terms of greetings, Islam guides the believers to greet each other with the salutations of peace, and preferably with a supplication of mercy and blessings as a gesture and an extension of the genuine good will the Brotherhood in the believing Ummah hold for one another.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 86:

86      When a (courteous) greeting (salaam) is offered you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, (or at least) of equal courtesy.  Allah takes careful account of all things.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verse 61 (part):

But if ye enter houses greet (declare salaams upon) each other, a greeting or blessing and purity as from Allah.  Thus does Allah make clear the Signs to you: that ye may understand.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54:

54      When those come to thee who believe in Our Signs say: "Peace be on you: your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy: verily if any of you did evil in ignorance and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct) lo! He is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful."


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 849         Narrated by Abu Yusuf Abdullah ibn Salam

Abdullah heard the Prophet (saws) say: ‘O believers! Spread the ‘Salams’ (greetings), feed (the poor and needy), behave kindly to your blood relations, offer prayer when others are asleep, and (thus) enter Paradise in peace.’


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.250         Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet (saws) said, "The young should declare ‘salaams’ to the old, the passerby should declare ‘salaams’ to the sitting one, and the small group of persons should declare ‘salaams’ upon the large group of persons."


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 861         Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

The Prophet (saws) said to him: ‘Son, when you enter your home declare ‘salaams’ to your people with the salutation of peace. It will be a source of blessing for you and for the members of your family.’


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.253B       Narrated by Abdullah bin Amr

A man asked the Prophet (saws): "What Islamic traits are the best?" The Prophet (saws) said, "Feed the (poor and needy) people, and declare ‘salaams’ to those whom you know and those whom you do not know."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.753         Narrated by Al Bara bin Azib

The Prophet (saws) ordered us to do seven other things. ‘To pay a visit to the sick; to follow funeral processions; to say, "May Allah be merciful to you" to a sneezer if he says "Praise be to Allah"; to return the ‘salaams’, to accept invitations; to help others to fulfill their oaths, and to help the oppressed ones.’


Allah and His Messenger (saws) have Commanded and Guided the believers to declare the ‘salaams’ upon each other, absolutely regardless of whether one knows their brethren or not; for the declaration of the ‘salaams’ in Islam is a supplication one makes in earnest for his believing brethren, and a source of blessing and ‘hasanah’ for those who declare it and upon those to whom it is declared.


Such is the significance and magnitude of this simple but weighty greeting of ‘As Salaam o Alykum’ in the Sight of Allah, that not only are the believers guided and commanded by their Lord to declare it amongst themselves whenever they meet in the life of this earth… is this very same greetings of ‘Salaams’ with which they will be greeted time and time again in the Realms of their eternal life in the Gardens of Paradise in the Hereafter.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 73:

73      And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden (of Paradise) in groups: until behold they arrive there; its gates will be opened: and its Keepers (the Guardian Angels of Paradise) will say: "Peace be upon you! Well have ye done! Enter ye here to dwell therein."


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 19 Surah Maryam verses 60-63:

60      Except those who repent and believe and work righteousness: for these will enter the Garden (of Paradise) and will not be wronged in the least

61      Gardens of Eternity; those which (Allah) Most Gracious has promised to His servants in the unseen: for His Promise must (necessarily) come to pass.

62      They will not there hear therein any vain discourse but only salutations of peace: and they will have therein their sustenance morning and evening.

63      Such is the Garden which We give as an inheritance to those of Our servants who guard against evil.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verses 9-10

9        Those who believe and work righteousness their Lord will guide them because of their faith: beneath them will flow rivers in Gardens of Bliss.

10      (This will be) their cry therein (in Paradise): "Glory to Thee O Allah!" and "Peace" will be their greeting therein! And the close of their cry will be: "Praise be to Allah the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds!"


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 14 Surah Ibraheem verse 23:

23      But those who believe and work righteousness will be admitted to Gardens beneath which rivers flow to dwell therein for aye with the leave of their Lord: their greeting therein will be: "Peace!"


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 36 Surah Yaa Seen verses 55-58:

55      Verily the Companions of the Garden shall that Day have joy in all that they do;

56      They and their associates will be in groves of (cool) shade reclining on thrones (of dignity);

57      (Every) fruit (enjoyment) will be there for them; they shall have whatever they call for;

58      "Peace!” a Word (of salutation) from a Lord Most Merciful!


Your Question: One brother was telling that it is the sign of qayamat that people ignore/hesitant saying that true. 

To the best of our knowledge, we have not come across such a statement either in the Glorious Quran or in the authentic and established Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws)……and Allah Alone Knows Best.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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