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Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Meaning Of "Assalamualaikum...."

A few days back, my friend/colleague/Trainer by the name (initial) of HK Teo ask me the meaning of Muslim's full-sentence greets of "Assalamu'alaikum Warah Matullahi, Wabarakatuh". Because of time constrain, I could not answer his question, but I prefer to give the answer through this blog of mine, for everyone to know as well.
The Arabic words "Assalamu 'alaikum" literally means "peace be upon you". But Prophet Muhammad advised all Muslims to greet his/her Muslim brothers or sisters in full sentence which is "Assalamu 'laikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh". The words 'rahmah' and 'barakah' were added here which simply means 'bless' and 'prosper'. So, the whole sentence brings the meaning of "Peace be upon you with God's blessings and prosper." The meaning in Malay language would be 'Kesejahteraan ke atas kamu dengan Rahmat dari Allah dan Keberkatannya."
So, this is what I personally understand the meaning behind the sentence. If I'm wrong, perhaps any Muslim readers can leave a comment to correct me. I'll be much appreciated. And to my friend Mr. HK, the Senior T.S, I hope you'll satisfy with the answer.

6 comments:

witchypoo s grotto said...

can i greet non muslims assalammualaikum as well

arshi said...

"Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah" (May the peace and mercy of Allah be with you) and "Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh" (May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you).

arshi said...

"Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah" (May the peace and mercy of Allah be with you) and "Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh" (May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you).

aqqib said...

Word:
Assalamu Alaikum
Meaning:
Peace be unto you. It is a shortened form of the grand greeting: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings). The greeting is recommended to be only used between Muslims.
True Form: السلام عليكم
Grammar:
greeting; two words;
Explanation:
In reply to this a person may repeat the greeting and say: Assalamu Alaikum; However, it is more fitting to reply: Wa Alaikum Assalam.

Umar bin said...

http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=showfatwa&Option=FatwaId&Id=88513

Alan Banaqeeb said...

really a good post.. may ALLAH guide us all.. Ameen.. May ALLAH give you everything you wish for.... Ameeeen..

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