Greeting a Muslim

12th October 2020
Hadhrat Agharr (R.A) from the Muzaynah tribe says, "Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) once gave instructions for me to have a Jareeb (A unit of measure used during those days) of dates that was with one of the Ansaar. However, when the Ansaari procrastinated, I spoke to Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) about it. Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then instructed Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) to accompany me the next morning to get the dates. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) promised to meet me at the Masjid after performing the Fajr salaah. I found him where we had arranged to meet and we left. Whenever Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) saw anyone from far, he greeted him with Salaam. He then said, 'Do you not see the tremendous virtue that others are gaining over you (by beating you to greeting). Never let anyone beat you to making Salaam.' Thereafter, whenever we saw anyone approach from a distance, we would greet him before he could greet us.
Hadhrat Zuhrah bin Khameesa (R.A) narrates, "I was once riding behind Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) on the same animal. Whenever we passed by any people and greeted them with Salaam, their reply was longer than our greeting. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) remarked, 'people have been overpowering us today.'"
Another narration quotes him as saying, "People have surpassed us in great good today." Hadhrat Umar (R.A) reports, "I was once riding behind Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) on the same animal. Whenever he passed by any people and greeted them with the words 'As Salaamu Alaykum', they replied by saying, 'As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh'. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) remarked, "People have surpassed us tremendously today.

Hadhrat Abu umaamah (R.A) was once giving a lecture when he said, "Hold fast to patience because in markets that you like and those that you do not because patience is a most excellent quality. This world has certainly attracted you. It is dragging its skirt before you and has put on its dressing and adornments for you. On the other hand, the companions of Muhammad (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) (were so eager to earn the rewards of the Aakhirah that they) used to sit in their yards saying, 'We sit to greet with Salaam and to be greeted.", Hadhrat Anas (R.A) once said, "When we were with Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and a tree came between us (causing us to separate), we would greet each other with Salaam as soon as we rejoined."

Hadhrat Tufayl bin ubay bin Ka'b narrates, "I used to accompany Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Umar (R.A) to the marketplace every morning. When we went there, he would not pass by any hawker, trader, poor person or any other person without greeting them with Salaam. When I went to him one day and he requested me to follow him to the marketplace, I asked, 'What do you do at the marketplace when you do not make any purchases, do not enquire about any product, do not ask prices and do not even participate in the gatherings at the market? Why do we not rather sit here and talk.' Hadhrat Abdullaah (R.A) said, 'Dear tubby (Hadhrat Tufayl was overweight and the term was one of endearment)! We go there for the sake of Salaam, so that we may greet whoever we meet with Salaam.

Hadhrat Abu Umaamah Baahili (R.A) used to greet everyone he met with Salaam. There was none who ever beat him to making Salaam except a Jew who once hid behind a pillar and then surprised him by coming out to greet him. "Shame on you, 0 Jew!" Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (R.A) cried out, ''What made you do this?" The Jew replied, "I noticed that you are a man who greets very often so I knew that there must be great virtue in it. I therefore wished to have the virtue." Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (R.A) then said to him, "I have heard Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say, 'Verily Allaah has made the Salaam a greeting for (the Muslims of) my Ummah and a security for the Kuffaar living under our (Muslim) rule." Hadhrat Muhammad bin Ziyaad reports, "I was holding the hand of Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (R.A) as he proceeded to his house. He did not pass by any Muslim, Christian, youngster or adult without saying 'Salaamun Alaykum', 'Salaamun Alaykum'. When he reached the door of his house, he turned to us and said, '0 son of my brother! Our Nabi (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) commanded us to make Salaam common amongst ourselves."
Hadhrat Basheer bin Yasaar says, "None could ever beat Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Umar (R.A) to making Salaam."

(Hayatus Sahabah Vol 2)
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