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|Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:57 pm Post subject: How the Salaam (greeting) began
|Narrated Abu Hurairah (R.A) : The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said,
"Allah created Adam in His Image, sixty cubits (about 30metres) in height. When he created him, He said ( to him), ''Go and Greet that group of angels sitting there, and listen what they will say in reply to you, for that will be your greeting and the greeting of your offspring.''
Adam (went and) said, ''As Salamu 'Alikum (peace be upon you).''
They replied, "As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah (Peace and Allah's mercy be on you). So they Increased "wa Rahmatullah.'
"The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W added, "So whoever will enter Paradise will be of the shape and picture of Adam. Since then creation of Adam's (offspring) (i.e. stature of human beings) is being diminished continuously up to the Present time.
(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol 8, Hadith No. 246).
It is interesting to note that it is Jewish custom to give Shalom at the end of prayers, at the friday evening meal (singing Shalom Aleichem) and at Kiddush Levanah.
Concerning the first of these two, it is said that our Shalom is directed at the angels.
Concerning the first one, in the Temple, it was originally said at the end of prayers, and the congregation was leaving, greeting each other.