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159. PROCEDURE OF SALAAM (SALUTATION)

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159. PROCEDURE OF SALAAM (SALUTATION)

We all know that Muslims would greet one another by saying “Assalamu Alaikum” wherever they meet each other.

This procedure, which was implemented by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also, has been followed for 14 centuries continuously.

 But when we look at certain Quranic verses we find that it has been suggested to utter ‘SalamunAlaikum’ instead of saying 'Assalamu Alaikum'.

In Quranic verses 7:46, 13:24, 16:32, 39:73,it has been said that the Angels would greet the pious by saying ‘Salamu Alaikum’ in the Heaven.

Similarly in the verse 6:54, it has been said – utter as ‘SalamunAlaikum’ in the verse 28:55 it has been said that the pious would utter ‘Salamun Alaikum’.

 In some other verses the word ‘Salam’ has been used instead of ‘Salamun Alaikum’

(Refer 10:10, 11:69, 14:23, 15:52, 19:32, 25:63, 25:75, 33:44, 36:58, 37:79, 37:105, 37:120, 37:130, 37:181, 43:89, 51:25 and 56:26)

In most of the places the word ‘Salamun’ only has been specified, there is evidence to prove the uttering of ‘Salamun Alaika’ while greeting a person, (Refer 19:47)

There is also evidence to prove the uttering of the word ‘As salamu’ after affixing the word‘AS’ before the word Salam while greeting each other even if we uttered only ‘Salam’ as said in Quran.

Or if we uttered ‘Salamun Alaikum’ or if we uttered ‘Salamun Alaika’ it would not be a fault according to religion. It would prove that the Quranic guidance regarding greeting only was followed.

At the same time Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had uttered ‘Asalamu Alaikum’on several occasions. Making use of ‘Asalamu Alaikum’ while greeting is not against the above verses, since the phrases ‘Salamun Alaikum’ and ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ are nothing but two different forms of a sentence.

 ‘Salamun Alaikum’ would mean ‘peace be upon you’, ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ would mean ‘Let that peace be upon you’.

That is – its meaning is ‘let that salam about which Allah has mentioned in Quran’ – Peace be upon you. (Refer Quran 10:10, 11:69, 14:23,

33:44, 36:58, 43:89, 51:25,)

Moreover the word ‘salam’, which is in practice among Muslims, contains wonderful and deep meaning.

The word (i.e., salam) has got different interpretations such as ‘Let peace be entailed’, ‘Let God's protection we entailed’.

We can tell it to anybody, for instance, we can utter ‘salam’ to the members of a household who are joyously celebrating a wedding ceremony, Similarly we can utter ‘salam’ to the people who are worried also, for both of them solace is essential.

‘Salam’ can be uttered in the morning; it can be uttered in the evening and in the night also.

Elders can utter ‘Salam’ to the children; children can utter it to the elders.

 The healthy persons can utter ‘Salam’ to those who are sick; those who are sick can utter it to those who are healthy.

The pupils can utter ‘Salam’ to the teachers; Teacher can utter it to the pupils, Leaders can utter ‘Salam’ to the workers and workers can utter it to the leaders. It is applicable to everybody.

The phrase ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ is very unique in guarding the honor of everybody and will not incur any insult and humiliation.

There are various greetings which are in practice in the world, for instance, uttering ‘Good morning’ is not at all a greeting which could be uttered to people in all situations since it might cause embarrassment.

 Similarly certain greetings look like exalting a person.

If it is bowing and worshipping, then that would impair the self-esteem of the person who offered the greeting.

 But on the contrary this greeting (Salam) which is based on the principle that one person begs to Allah for another person – is characteristic feature of Islam.

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