DIVINE REWARD FOR GREETING
Imraan Ibne Husayn
radhiyallahu anhu relates
that once a person came to the Apostle of Allah sallallahu alayhi
wasallam and said, 'Assalaamu' Alaykum."
The Apostle of Allah
sallallahu alayhi wasallam returned the greeting, and when the man had sat down, he said, "Ten." (i.e. ten good deeds have been written in his name
owing to this salaam.) After him, another person came and said, "Assalaamu'Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi." The Apostle of
Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam returned the greeting, and when the man sat down, he said, "Twenty." Then, another man came and said, "Assalaamu'Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh." The Apostle of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam returned his greeting and when the man had sat down, said, "Thirty."
Tirmizi, Aboo Daawood
Imaam Maalik Rahmatullahi Alayh has narrated from Tufayl, son of Ubayi Ibne Ka'b, that, "I used to visit Abdullah Ibne Umar radhiyallahu anhumaa (often). His habit was that he took me with him to the market and offered salaam to every shopkeeper, second hand dealer and poor person he met in the way (and, then, returned home without buying anything). One day, as I went with him, he, as usual, wanted me to accompany him to the market. I said, 'What will you do there You neither stop at a shop nor buy anything nor even enquire about its price nor sit with anyone (What is the use of going to the market)? Let us sit here and talk. It will be more beneficial to me. Abdullah Ibne Umar radhiyallahu anhumaa replied, 'I go to the market solely for the purpose of making salaam to whomsoever I see."
It is related by Aboo Umaamah radhiyallahu anhu that the Apostle of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said,
"He is more deserving of the Mercy and Nearness of Allah among the people who is the first to initiate the salaam."
Ahmad, Tirmizi, Aboo Daawood
Abdullah Ibne Mas'ood radhiyallahu anhurelates that he heard the Apostle of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam say,
"He who is the first to greet is free from pride."
SALAAM AT THE TIME OF MEETING