| Azlan Othman |
YESTERDAY’S sermon enjoined Muslims to use Assalamu‘alaikum, the expression of peace and security, in addressing one another.
“Giving our greetings, or Salam, is a noble practice and strongly recommended in Islam. A Salam is an address to a fellow Muslim, whether we know them well or otherwise, when commencing a conversation or ending it,” said Imams during the sermon.
“It is recommended for a Muslim to properly greet his brother in faith, but to answer a Salam from a fellow Muslim is an obligatory act. Muslims are encouraged to spread this practice in the best manner by saying Assalamu‘alaikum wa Rahmatullah, which means ‘Peace, mercy and the blessings of Allah upon you all.’
“In giving and responding to Salams, Islam has offered a generous opportunity for its followers to easily gain and earn great rewards. Willingness, earnest efforts and sincere intentions are required for this to happen.
“The practice of Salam is not only reserved for personal encounters, but it should also be observed when visiting houses or offices. It is a good practice and highly recommended in Islam, to spread this greeting.”