Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
I begin this paper with greetings,
greeting as a sign of love and affection to our fellow brothers. A prayer that if we live truly when we say it (ed: pray) to you or when we hear our greeting is addressed to us would have grown a deep affection between us, of course affection grounded due to Allah Ta ‘ala. As the words of the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wasalam,
From Abu Hurairah radhiallahuanhu, he said: “The Messenger of Allah said:” Not going to heaven you all that so you all would believe and not believe you called it so you all to be in love. Do not you all like it when I show you all the things you all do it if you all would be to be in love? Ie scatter greeting between neighbors all! “(Reported by Muslim), hadith no.845 Book Riyadus Righteous.
What about if we can not appreciate the meaning contained in these greetings.
Greeting meaning, “Salvation, mercy (compassion), and may God’s blessings upon you”
– O my brother -. This is the noble words of our brother who wants to be good in this world and salvation in the hereafter, and the graces and blessings which come from Allah Subhanahu wata’ala. We see that the grace of God who made man to enter heaven with all his pleasure in it.
Indeed, this is just a short sentence in the Arabic language that Allah Subhanallaahu wata’ala teach us, but the meaning is so deep. This prayer was taught to Adam Alaihissalam, our father, after its creation as the words of the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wasalam,
From Abu Hurairah radhiallahuanhu, from the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wasalam, saying: “When Allah Almighty created Adam, then He will say: Go, O Adam – then just say hello to them is a group of angels who were sitting, and then listen to how to they pay homage to you, for surely such a way that you have to give respect and reverence for all descendants way. “Adam and say: Assalamu alaikum. Then the angels said: Assalamu ‘alaika warahmatullah. So they added the words warahmatullah. “(Agreed alaih), hadith no.843 Book Riyadus Righteous.
That is how Allah Subhanahu wata’ala teach greetings to Adam Alaihissalam and applies also to all his descendants, namely us. We are taught to answer the greeting with a better greeting or at least something similar. It is commanded in his word Allah Subhanahu wata’ala,
“If you all were honored with something of respect – the greeting of respect, then the answer – or greeting it with a better-thereof, or retaliate with a similar one with him.” [An-Nisa ‘(4): 86)
That is the virtue of (sunna) and say the command (mandatory) at least with regards to answering a similar answer.
For more details about this greeting, please read the Book of Riyadhus Righteous Imam An Nawawi’s work. Chapter 131-143.