Spread The Salam, Establish Relations
Islam is a religion that greatly upholds manners and cooperation among fellow Muslims.
Salams or greetings is a common practice among Muslims that should be uttered we meet people and when we part ways with them. However, the action is still rarely practiced by some Muslims. If greetings are offered, it is only confined to the people we know.
This relates to the hadith recorded by Imam al Baihaqi, as narrated by Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud RA, where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said "Among the signs (approaching) the Day of Judgment is a person who often passes by the mosque but he has never prayed, not even two rak'ahs there and he only greets the person he knows."
Imam Nawawi Rhm has stated the decree in relation to greetings in his book, al-Minhaj, as follows: "Know that offering a greeting is a supplementary deed and responding to the greeting is an obligation”
Greetings or salaam is an advantage that Allah SWT gave to the people of Muhammad SAW. This advantage allows Muslims to be elevated by Allah SWT both in this world and in the hereafter. a hadith narrated by Aisha RA and recorded by Imam Ibn Majah, where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said: Which means: "The Jews do not feel as much spite towards you, as much as their spitefulness towards the practice of giving the Salaam and the words of ‘Aamiin’ that you practice.
We must recognise that the offering of salaam shows the personality of a Muslim who is tawadhu’ (humble) as well as being a display of love and affection towards fellow brothers. To offer greetings is to show the purity of the heart that is free from envy, revenge, hatred, arrogance and low regard for others.
Salaam is the right of each Muslims, as well as the basis for acknowledging one another, having closeness of the heart and increasing love and affection. It is also a reason to gain good and blessings for someone to enter paradise. Spreading salaam is one of the ways of reviving the Sunnah of Rasulullah SAW .
With regards to reviving the practice (Sunnah) of offering salaam among Muslims, it is necessary to know some of the ethics associated with it, which are as follow:
First: Offer greetings based on the priorities of age and situations
"A younger person should give salaam to an elder person, a by -passer to a seated person and a small group of people to a larger group. (Abu Hurairah RA)
Second: Shake hands and offer greetings when meeting up
“When a believer meets a fellow believer and he greets him with salaam and takes him by the hand and shakes hands with him, their sins will fall like the leaves of a tree. (Imam AlTabarani)
Third: Answer a greeting with a better greeting or equal to it
SWT in Surah an -Nisa verse 86: Which means: “When a (courteous) greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things.”
Fourth: Strive to offer the best of greetings
In a hadith recorded by Imam Tirmizi, a s narrated by Imran bin Husain RA, Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said "Someone
had come to see the Prophet SAW and then said: "Assalaamu'alaikum." Imran said; The Prophet SAW said: "For him, ten
virtues." Then another came and said: "Assalaamu'alaikum Wa Rahmatullaah." And the Prophet SAW said: "For him, twenty virtues." Then came an other, and said: "Assalaamu'alaikum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuh." The Prophet SAW said: "For him, thirty virtues."
In conclusion, some of the key lessons that can be taken from the sermon this week are:
First: Islam is a religion that greatly upholds manners and cooperation among fellow Muslims.
Second: Greetings or Salaam depicts the purity of the heart that is free from envy, revenge, hatred, pride and despair.
Third: Make it a habit to offer greetings or salaams when meeting up, as it is a Sunnah of Rasulullah SAW and a symbol of Islam that is slowly fading away.
Reflect on the declaration of Allah SWT in Surah an -Nur, verse 27: “O, you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best for you, in order that you may heed (what is seemly).”