The Neglected Value of Greeting


How necessary is greeting? What ethical and social impacts does it have? How do Muslims greet one another?  How can we make it a behavior?

In this age of know-how and science, ethical values and spiritual teachings taught with a view to promote a refined society largely are uncared for by all nations, and most sadly, Muslims are certainly one of them.

Greeting in Islam not solely will increase friendship, concord and respect, it concurrently signifies fulfilling the rights of du`aa’

These ethical downfalls are main the Ummah towards the ditch of destruction; thus, it’s time we study our angle and enhance it. Each neighborhood has phrases of greeting which can be used when members of a neighborhood meet. Such greetings are to specific courtesy and promote optimistic emotions.

The Islamic Greeting

The greetings granted to Muslims by the Qur’an maintain the best non secular in addition to ethical values among the many greetings of different nations.

Prior to Islam, it was widespread among the many dwellers of the Arabian Peninsula to say, “Hayak Allah” (May Allah grant you life) and “Sabah Al-khair” (Good morning).

An individual as soon as got here into the presence of Al-Husayn ibn `Ali and mentioned, “Kayfa anta? `Aafak Allah” (How are you? May Allah preserve you secure). Al-Husayn instantly corrected him in the most effective method, properly giving him the fundamental educating of Islam and responding with the next phrases, “Assalamu qabal al-kalaamu, `aafak Allah” (Say Salam previous to speaking, might Allah defend you). He then taught: Don’t give permission to anybody till he says Salam.

At one other place, Al-Husayn described the reward of Salam very exactly in these phrases: “There are 70 good deeds in Salam: 69 for the one who says it and only one for the person who responds. One who doesn’t reply to Salam is a miser” (Bihaar Al-Anwaar, Vol. 17, Qum).

The Qur’an directs us to reply Salam in a extra courteous method:

And when you’re greeted with a greeting, greet with a greater (greeting) than it or return it; certainly Allah takes account of all issues. (An-Nisaa’ 4:86)

Proud and smug individuals by no means provoke saying Salam, contemplating it under their dignity to answer. They solely barely transfer their head and smile as an alternative of claiming “Wa`alaykum assalam” They are misers of the worst class, as per Prophetic traditions.

Al-Husayn mentioned, “The greater miser is the one who displays misery in reciting Salam”. Not solely this, however the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) declared in crystal clear phrases, “Whoever does not reply ‘Salam’ is not from us,” whereas one hadith notes, “The principal of humility begins with Salam.”

Greeting in Islam not solely will increase friendship, concord and respect, it concurrently signifies fulfilling the rights of du`aa’ (supplicatory prayer) for Muslims. Additionally, As-Salam is without doubt one of the Names of Allah.

Salam is very really helpful when visiting the graves:

Salaam upon you, O individuals of the graves, from the believers. You preceded us and we will meet you, Insha’Allah).

How to Say Salam?

One hadith recommends reciting Salam in a fashion that every one can hear clearly. The one who initiates the Salam first is closest to Allah. Hadith literature offers us with wonderful teachings on this regards.

When somebody questioned who ought to provoke Salam, the Prophet answered, “The one who (wish to) is closer to Allah. A rider should greet a pedestrian, a pedestrian should greet one who is sitting and a small group should greet a large number.”

Salam ought to be provided to all Muslims, regardless of whether or not they’re acquaintances or strangers. Saying Salam aloud to everybody in a gathering is enough, because it’s pointless to greet every particular person individually. However, it’s incorrect to greet solely a specific particular person in a gathering. Additionally, at all times convey Salam cheerfully.

In this regard, the next dialog is price mentioning and accessible within the sacred scriptures. When Yahya met Isa (peace be upon them), he started by saying, “Salam,” and was answered with, “Salam.” Whenever Yahya met `Isa, Yahya at all times was pleased and smiling, however `Isa was sorrowful, as if he resembled a crying particular person.

`Isa requested Yahya, “You smile like a happy person, as if you’re secure and protected,” to which Yahya replied, “You display such sorrow, as if you’ve given up all hope.” Then the commandment appeared, “The one who smiles the most is the dearest to Me.”

If an individual is at a distance the place Salam might not be heard, then Salam will be provided with a hand sign.


However, it’s undesirable to recite Salam when an individual is engaged within the following actions:

  • While performing salah (prayers)
  • While one is engaged in tasbeeh (glorifying and praising Allah) or dhikr; gathering for remembering and thanking Allah.
  • During khutbah (sermon), sitting collectively to review or take heed to lectures.
  • While one is busy in reciting the Qur’an
  • During adhan; to repeat the wordings of adhan at the start of every prayer. It is a name to wish collectively within the Mosque.
  • While doing du`aa’ (supplicatory prayer)
  • While occupied in dialogue or analysis of non secular sciences
  • While a choose is delivering a verdict
  • While consuming or ingesting
  • While reciting talbiyah in the course of the Hajj .

Unpleasant Practices

If one says, “Convey my Salam to your parents,” don’t reply on behalf of your dad and mom, as you aren’t approved and haven’t any proper to do this. An superb apply prevalent on written invites is, “Salam from our late parents.”

Does anybody have the facility to go to, meet and listen to Salam from the deceased after which ahead it to others? All credit score goes to the foolish author who designed such a textual content and which others blindly comply with.

Another disagreeable apply quite common at the moment is utilizing “Hi” as an alternative of Salam in e-mail and SMS previous to starting a dialog.

Salam can be executed by embracing an individual and drawing him near you upon assembly him after getting back from a journey or after an extended absence. Using each arms, hug the particular person across the neck and shoulders and draw him towards your chest. Men might apply this Sunnah with women and men can do it with ladies.

Always say Salam when visiting or telephoning others and care ought to be taken to not go to or cellphone anybody throughout occasions of relaxation or salah.

Additionally, by no means enter a house – regardless of whose it’s – with out permission. To ask permission to enter, ring the bell and when the particular person of the home enquires as to who’s there, say Salam aloud and provides your identify, as an alternative of claiming, “Me,” because the Prophet instructed.

If you understand the one inside has heard your ring or voice and is purposely ignoring it, then repeat the ring 3 times. If there’s no permission or reply, then as per the Hadith, you could return.



Dr. Qazi Shaikh Abbas Borhany is an lawyer, a non secular scholar and a member of Pakistan’s Ulama Council. He acquired a doctorate within the United States at NDI and a Shahadat Al-Aalamiyah in Najaf, Iraq.



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