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26 May 2017 CE | 01 Ramadhan 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


The Reward of Salam


Imran bin Husain (radi Allahu anhu) reported: “A man came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and said, ‘As-Salamu Alaikum’ (peace be upon you). The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam said, ‘Ten’ (meaning the man had earned the merit of ten good acts). Another one came and said, ‘As-Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah’ (peace and the mercy of Allah be upon you). The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘Twenty.’ A third one came and said, ‘As-Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu’ (peace and the mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you). The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘Thirty.’” [Tirmidhi]

Greeting a Muslim with Salam is worship, when it is done in obedience of Allah’s Messenger and hoping for Allah’s reward. This hadith shows us that we can earn the reward of ten good deeds by greeting a Muslim in the Islamic manner by saying “As-Salamu Alaikum.” There will be an addition of the merit of ten good acts to it if we say “As-Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.” And if we say “As-Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu” we get the reward of thirty good deeds. Thus, we see that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has made it so easy for us to earn the Hasanaat that we need to go to Jannah.

The hadith does not mention increasing more words to the Salam. Therefore, this is sufficient and adding more words will not increase the reward. In fact, it will constitute an innovation (Bidah) to the Deen. When anything is done with the intention of receiving Allah’s reward, yet Allah or His Messenger never told us to do such a thing, then it becomes equivalent to making up the religion according to one’s whims and fancies. There is no reward for whimsical additions to Islam, rather, punishment for playing around with Allah’s Deen.

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