“When a greeting is offered you, answer it with an even better greeting, or (at least) with its like. God keeps count of all things.”
[Surah an-Nur; 4: 86]
The better greeting and reply are illustrated in the following Hadith. Umar (radiAllahu anhu) reports that he was riding with Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) on one mount. When they passed by people, Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) greeted them saying: ‘Assalamu alaikum’ and they replied: ‘Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatu Allah.’ Or he may greet them saying: ‘Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah,’ for which their reply was: ‘Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh.’ Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) commented: “Today, people have gained much more than us.” [Sahih al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad]
What a beautiful way of conveying greetings “Assalamu Alaikum”, which means peace be to you.
I observed lot of people now a days made this greeting into shortcuts as “AOA”, “ASAK” “ASA” which doesn’t poses any meaning, in fact I should say they are making fun of Islamic greetings either intentionally or unintentionally.
It just takes a few seconds to type “Assalamu Alaikum” or Salam and I dont think it’s a waste of time rather getting a sawab or benefit. Likewise I also urge todays ummah to mention our beloved prophet Muhammad Sallellahu Alaihuwasallam with all due respect than just writing it as “saw”. These are the small things but yet has a tremendous meaning and sawab.
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