Importance of saying Salaam and its virtues in Islam
Islam tells its followers to say Salaam. It is one way of greeting in Islam. On the Day of Judgment angels and momins will say Salaam to each other. In Quran E Hakeem Allah Almighty says that:-
“Believers! Do not enter houses other than your own houses until you have ascertained welcome46 and have saluted their occupants. That is better for you, haply you will heed.”
• What is Salaam actually?
It is said by Holy Prophet (PBUH) that:-
"As-salaam is indeed a name from the names of Allah, which Allah has placed upon the Earth, therefore spread salaam amongst you in abundance."
• To say “SALAAM” is an Islamic duty
In an Ahadith it is is narrated by Hazrat Ali (RA) that our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) said that:-
"Commonly in Islam there are six rights of a Muslim upon a Muslim: when he meets him he should give him salaam; when he invites him (to a meal) he should accept it; when he sneezes he should bless him; when he falls ill he should visit him; when he dies he should accompany his funeral and he should prefer for him that which he prefers for himself."
• To give reply of Salaam
When a Muslim says Salaam to someone he/she has fulfilled his/her duty. Now it is the duty of other Muslim to give reply of the Salam. It is narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurrairah (RA) that Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said that:-
"There are rights of a Muslim over a Muslim: Responding to salaam, visiting the sick, following the bier (A platform upon which the corpse rests), accepting an invitation (to a meal) and blessing a person who sneezes."
At another place in Hadith it is said that:-
"There are six rights upon a Muslim". The Prophet was asked, "What are these O’ Prophet of Allah?"The Prophet replied, "When you meet him, give him salaam, when he invites you, (to a meal) accept it, when he seeks counseling from you give him counseling and when he sneezes and says Alhamdulillah, bless him, when he falls ill visit him and when he dies accompany his funeral."
• Means of entering in Jannah
In a Hadith it is mentioned that Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) said that:-
“You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you about something which, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread salaam (the greeting of peace) among you.”
• Means to get rid from Sins
In a Hadith it is said that:-
“When two Muslims meet (give salaam), and shake hands, they are forgiven their sins before they part (with each other).”
• Allah Almighty also says “Aslaam O Alaikum”
Allah Almighty says Salaam to His special people. Once Hazrat Jibrael (AS) came in the house of Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) and Hazrat Khadeeja (RA) and said that “Allah sends his salaam to Khadeeja.” Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) said to Hazrat Khadeeja (RA) that:- O Khadeeja, Allah is sending His Salaams to you.” In reply Hazrat Khadeeja (RA) said that: - “Allah is As-Salaam. And upon you O Jibreel, be as-salaam and upon you Rasulullah (SAW) be as-salaam.
So let’s make a habit of saying Salaam which is also a prayer. Remember that it is a prayer of peace and blessing.