Salaam [ Greetings ] Is Key
SAYING SALAAMS to someone you meet is as BASIC AS ENTERING YOUR HOUSE. When you offer GREETINGS, it draws you TOGETHER and some COMPASSION starts to GROW. One is CONVINCED that the other MUST BE A GOOD MAN and has no CARDS UNDER THE TABLE. That’s what Islam teaches; offer greetings.
A few, IF THEY STILL EXIST, will INVITE you to THEIR HOMES or any SOCIAL PLACE for more talks. They may have SOMETHING PRESSING to share with you. He TRUSTS you and CONFIDES IN YOU. He OPENS UP TO YOU and trusts you with his LITTLE SECRET.
He EXPECTS you to KEEP IT. On the same vein, he is COUNTING ON YOUR COUNSEL. Please give him a WORTHY ADVICE. He knows you can TAKE CARE OF IT and he will put your GUIDANCE TO PRACTICE. Do the NECESSARY and WATER THE TRUST so that it BLOSSOMS. A Muslim must CULTIVATE an ENVIRONMENT of TRUST and must uphold it AT ALL COST. Anyone who BETRAYS TRUST ISN’T FROM US. He should CRITICALLY SCRUTINISE HIMSELF if he still qualifies to be called a Muslim. When one SNEEZES, all the BODY SYSTEMS STOP and CEASE to FUNCTION. Even the heart STOPS BEATING. The BLOOD STOPS RUNNING and BREATH STOPS.
In short you are a DEAD MAN when still in the process of SNEEZING. Isn’t it a good idea to THANK ALLAH FOR RETURNING YOU BACK to NORMAL FUNCTIONING of your systems? If I were near, I would say YARHAMUKA ALLAH ( may Allah ﷻ show you mercy) if you are STILL NOT DEAD, you need to respond to my statement by saying: YAHDIIKUM ALLAHU WA YUSLIH BAALAKUM ( may Allah ﷻ guide you and fix your conditions).
This is HOW CARING ISLAM TEACHES US to be even to someone you never met before. SICKNESS and ILLNESS is another AVENUE FOR ALLAH the sublime to FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS and MISTAKES.
When you rise from that sick bed ALIVE and BETTER, and you never CONSIDERED SHIRK in the process of illness, then Allah promotes you to ANOTHER STATUS. If HE DIES in the PROCESS, its our RESPONSIBILITY to take him to his FINAL ABODE. Whether you knew him or not. HIS RIGHT is a DECENT SEND OFF with all ISLAMIC RIGHTS and PRIVILEGES. Islam is that simple. Take it today.
عَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- قَالَ : حَقُّ الْمُسْلِمِ عَلَى الْمُسْلِمِ سِتٌّ .قِيلَ مَا هُنَّ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ « إِذَا لَقِيتَهُ فَسَلِّمْ عَلَيْهِ وَإِذَا دَعَاكَ فَأَجِبْهُ وَإِذَا اسْتَنْصَحَكَ فَانْصَحْ لَهُ وَإِذَا عَطَسَ فَحَمِدَ اللَّهَ فَشَمِّتْهُ وَإِذَا مَرِضَ فَعُدْهُ وَإِذَا مَاتَ فَاتَّبِعْهُ
Abu Hurayra reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: There are six rights of a Muslim over another Muslim. It was said to him: Allah’s Messenger, what are they? Then he said:
When you meet him, offer him greetings;
When he invites you to a feast accept it.
when he seeks your council give him,
and when he sneezes and says:” All praise is due to Allah,” you say Yarhamuka Allah (may Allah ﷻ show mercy to you) ; and when he falls ill visit him; and when he dies follow his bier.
Source: Sahih Al Muslim ((5778)), Ahmed ((2/372, 412)),Ibn Hibban ((242)), Al-Bukhari in Adab ((925)),Al-Baghawi ((1405)), Al-Bayhaqi in Al-Kubara ((5/347)) on Abee Hurayrah