.:. Assalamu alaikum .:.
by Sister Asma
Abdullah ibn Umar ibn Al-Khattab, the son of Umar ibn Al-Khattab (radiAllahu anhu) loved conveying salam (peace) to people.
He had seen the Beloved Prophet saying salam to eveybody, young and old, rich or poor. he said salam even to children playing in the way.
Abdullah loved the prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) very much, and loved to do exactly what the blessed Prophet did himself. So he also conveyed his salaams to everyone he met.
One day, Abdullah began going to the market everyday, around all the different bazaars, where other Muslims were selling different things. But even though Abdullah ibn Al-Khattab was going every day, he wasn't buying anything. What was he doing, going to the market every day?
Abdullah was conveying his salaams! He greeted the shopkeepers, and the men in the street. He greeted people sitting down, and people standing. He greeted any person he met, high and low.
Someone noticed this too, and asked Abdullah why he would go to the market everyday, but not buy anything, "You come daily to the bazaar without fail, but you never buy, sell, or bargain anything. You don't wander in and around in the shops, or idly chat with shopkeepers. Instead, you always pass by the bazaar and go away again, without stopping anywhere. Why do you do this? "
"I come to the bazaar to offer salaam to the people!," replied Abdullah, "Not for shopping."
When you are greeted with a greeting, you greet with one better than it, or return it"
[Surah Nisa, 4: 86]
'The riding person should greet the walking one, and the walking person should greet the sitting one, and the small group grets the bigger group, and the young greet the old'
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