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The Warmest Greeting- Tehseen Khatib (QI-2016)

How much reward do you get for saying As-Salaamu-aalaikum?” asked my 6 year old niece.“A lot”, I said pretty confident of my answer.“No!” she cried, “Ten. The reward is ten”‘Right’, I thought to myself. The reward for every good deed is 10 times, so ten is correct.

My niece then went on to tell me that the reward from Allah Subhanahu-wa-ta’aala for saying ‘As-Salaamu-aalaikum wa rahmatullah’ is 20 times and for saying ‘As-Salaamu-aalaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu’ is 30 times. The same reward structure applies for replies as well.

After she threw these gems of wisdom my way, she walked off to play leaving me pondering over what she had just said. Sure, I knew this. We all know this. But how often do we stop to really think about this simplest way to gain rewards and please Allah Subhanahu-wa-ta’aala?

The widely accepted literal meaning of ‘As-Salaamu-aalaikum’ is ‘Peace be upon you’ but it means more that. Through this greeting, we are seeking the peace, safety, security, mercy and blessings of Allah to be upon the person we are greeting, and when the greeted person replies in kind he asks Allah for the same blessings to be upon us. Subhan Allah, it is such a beautiful and yet simple exchange of greetings.

Now, as I sat there trying to do the math in my head I realized the enormity of the situation I was contemplating.

Say, for example, I greeted 10 people with ‘As-Salaamu-aalaikum’, my good deeds are instantly up by 10 times 10, i.e, a 100 and if I greeted 10 people with ‘As-Salaamu-aalaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu’, my good deed count will stand at a grand 300! Now imagine 25 people instead of 10 and you get 750 good deeds! Just for a greeting. Subhan Allah.

That’s it, I said to myself, I’m going to push myself harder to say ‘As-Salaamu-aalaikum’ to everyone I can and do it only to please Allah. Regardless of who replies and who doesn’t or whether I know them or not, putting aside my shyness and reserved nature with strangers, ignoring my social awkwardness and overall lack of communication skills and most of all, not allowing myself to make any more excuses, ever again.

And so, I set out to spread this blessed greeting to one and all. At work, all my emails to Muslims no longer begin with Dear or Hi. They read ‘As-Salaamu-aalaikum’ instead. When I get off the office bus and am faced with Muslim ladies who are strangers to me, I no longer walk on by. I say ‘As-Salaamu-aalaikum’ and give them a smile. (Smiling is a Sunnah of Prophet sallalahu-alaihi-wasallam after all)

Some folks don’t reply but you know what? Most of them do and an instant connection is formed. We are all one Ummah and this greeting unites us in the simplest of ways.

So, don’t let your shyness stop you from pleasing Allah. Leave the awkwardness of greeting a stranger at home and say it all the time and to everyone.

As-Salaamu-aalaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu.

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