Assalamualaikum & Waalaikumsalam
Assalamualaikum is an Islamic way of greeting one another when people meet, and Waalaikumsalam is the best answer for Salam. The correct meaning of Assalamualaikum is “Peace be upon you”. Meaning of Waalaikumsalam is “Peace Be Upon You too”. According to hadiths (Hadees) saying Salam is sunnah and answering it is obligatory.
The meaning of this greeting of Islam is very amazing that you can say it anytime and in any condition, compared to other greats such as Hi, Hello, Good Morning, Good Night and not for every time and don’t have a specific way to meet people. for example You can not say good morning or good night to a person who is ill or not feeling well or in a bad condition. You can not say it if there is a natural disaster happened. But you can say Assalamualaikum at any time whether it will be good or bad because its meanings are a very lovely wish for others.
There are a lot of ways to say Salam to others such as if The One who says Assalamualaikum he/she can reward with 10 good deeds from ALLAH. if you say Assalamualaikum WaRahmatullah then You will be rewarded with 20 good deeds,
if you say Assalamualaikum WaRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh then you will be rewarded with 30 good deeds. Our Prophet Muhammad(Peace Be Upon Him) says that answer the Salam In a better way and “Spread your greetings(Salam/Assalamualaikum) together”So that love may be created among you.
According to a Hadith (Hadees), Companion of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) tells that Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him says” These people are nearer to Almighty ALLAH, who is being first to greet Assalamualaikum.
In our society, there are a lot of ways to say Salam to each other some ways are wrong and prohibited by Islam as the wrong wording can change the meaning of Salam from Pray to curse. Here are some examples:
Wrong Way of Saying Salaam (Assalamualaikum)
- Asaamu alikum Meaning of this greeting is “May you die soon”,
- Sama alikum meaning of this” You May Ruin”
- Asaama Alikom, Meanings “You will miss happiness”
- Salaama Lekom, Meaning “Curse you”
So these are he most common wrong ways to say Salam Greetings. Most of the Muslim people even don’t know about this thing who don’t know Arabic very well. But these are the basics of Islam and this is our duty to inform our friends and family if we listen these wrong wordings.
Can We Great Non-Muslims?
Many Muslim people ask that can we Great Non-muslims with Assalamualaikum, and if they say us, Salam, then can we reply them with Waalaikumsalam or not?. According to many Hadiths we can Reply them but if they use the wrong wordings as above then you can say only Walikum, Meaning of Walikum is Same to you. So if they wish you the same wish you send to them but if they tried to curse you, you can send the same wishes.