This is pretty interesting, and probably new for many.
Narrated Abu Juhaim Al-Ansari:
The Prophet came from the direction of Bir Jamal. A man met him and greeted him. But he did not return back the greeting till he went to a (mud) wall and smeared his hands and his face with its dust (performed Tayammum) and then returned back the greeting.
The apparent reason is: because As-Salaam is Allah’s Attribute. Prophet (SAW) wouldn’t say it unless he was in the state of wudhu, or tayammum in this case.
There’s another incident similar to this one when Prophet (SAW) didn’t return the greeting because he was in the shower. Read it here.
Question: what do we do? We’re not in the state of wudhu all the time. Should we not return greetings to people in such conditions?
The answer to that (in my opinion) is: it’s the difference of ranks/levels. Prophet (SAW) was on the highest. He didn’t think it right for himself to let Allah’s name come on his tongue in an ‘impure’ (not in wudhu, to be more precise) state. It’s definitely a Sunnah you may follow. But not a compulsion. So let’s not argue about the “fiqh of saying Salaam” when we’re having problems being regular in prayers. :)
Do you cook? The answer will definitely be a ‘yes’ after reading this Hadith. =)
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:
A man asked the Prophet (SAW), “What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” The Prophet replied, ‘To feed (people) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know’.
Two things: feeding others + saying Salam.
Now if you can’t cook anything, you can get your name in this list by helping in cooking/setting the dining table etc.
Salam is ‘Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu’: Peace and Allah’s Mercy + blessings be upon you.
It’s a dua for the person you’re passing by or going to talk to. What do you get? 30 hasanaat (good deeds).
If you say ‘Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah’, you get 20 hasanaat.
And if you say ‘Assalamu ‘alaykum’, you get 10 hasanaat.
So it’s your choice.
I’m off to make popcorn for my sister. What’s cookin’ at your end? :)