The Name of Allah As-Salaam #1

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The Greatest Delight
ربيع الأول 24
5.1.16
imageThe name of Allah As-Salaam is mentioned in the Qura’an once, Surah Al Hashr.

Allah named Himself As Salaam, and He named his Deen Islam. He named the believer Muslim, and made our greeting Assalaam aleikum.
This name of Allah is one of الإسماء الجامعة, a collective name. It can be placed before all the attributes of Allah. The name السلام describes the peace in all the names and attributes of Allah. Peace is the desire of everyone, in life and in the hereafter.

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said :
مَن أصبحَ مِنكُم آمِنًا في سِرْبِه ، مُعافًى في جسَدِهِ ، عندَهُ قُوتُ يَومِه ، فَكأنَّمَا حِيزَتْ له الدُّنْيا.
الراوي : عبدالله بن محصن | المحدث : الترمذي | المصدر : سنن الترمذي
الصفحة أو الرقم: 2346 | خلاصة حكم المحدث : حسن غريب
Whoever among you wakes up feeling safe and secure within himself, physically healthy, with food for the day, it is as if he acquired the whole world.
The meaning in the vocabulary ↙️
imageAs-Salaam is freedom and wellbeing, and liberation from every fault and hated matters and evil.

When you are in safety and security, you are free.
imageAs-Salaamah is peace and security, and assurance and protection.

The heart is at rest, and there is immunity from all troubles. You are at peace, protected from anything in the future. Sometimes you are surrounded with perfection, but you are afraid of something, and that spoils everything. When you know Allah, you ask Him for salaam, and He will grant it to you.

السلام ▶️ safety and protection, is needed in transit situations, at birth, at death and at resurrection. Travel is also a transit situation. The flight can be disturbing, even a car ride is a transient and changing situation. All our lives, we are going from one decree or another, so we need السلام throughout our lives.

Allah called Jannah ▶️ دار السلام, the place of peace, and this name makes it very special, as it is a derivative of the name of Allah.
وَاللَّهُ يَدْعُو إِلَىٰ دَارِ السَّلَامِ وَيَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ
And Allah invites to the Home of Peace and guides whom He wills to a straight path
سورة يونس
10:25

Jannah is a place free from all disturbance and grief, a land of peace and tranquility, the place of perfect pleasure. When someone enters Jannah, he will reach the place of eternal peace. No tears or bad words, no hellfire; just peace; you are saved.

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Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal رحمه الله was asked : When is there rest? He answered : When you put your foot in Jannah, you will find rest.

 

In dunya, there is always a struggle. Even children, specially newborn, who have no sins, have to struggle.

 

يَا أَيُّهَا الْإِنسَانُ إِنَّكَ كَادِحٌ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ كَدْحًا فَمُلَاقِيهِ
O mankind, indeed you are laboring toward your Lord with [great] exertion and will meet it
سورة الإنشقاق
84:6

لَتَرْكَبُنَّ طَبَقًا عَن طَبَقٍ
[That] you will surely experience state after state
سورة الإنشقاق
84:19

If you are a Muslim, you are living in peace, even though the outer situation is evil. The only thing which gives you سلام is إسلام.

إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ ۗ وَمَا اخْتَلَفَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ إِلَّا مِن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَهُمُ الْعِلْمُ بَغْيًا بَيْنَهُمْ ۗ وَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ
Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.
سورة آلِ عمران
3:19

Islam is the only religion calling to peace, all kinds of peace, be it financial, political, economic, etc.

وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الْإِسْلَامِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ
And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.
سورة آلِ عمران
3:85

We are all the creation of Allah, and He wants only the best for us. There is no peace in life because where is the Islam?

The one who accepts Islam, the Muslim, is described thus ⬇️⬇️

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said :
المسلم من سلم المسلمون من لسانه ويده.
متفق عليه ، رياض الصالحين ، كتاب # 1، حديث # 211
A Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands the Muslims are safe.
(Part of a longer hadith)

This is a basic and essential description of the Muslim.

The tongue and the hands can be the source of disturbance, insecurity, and harm. The people around you should be safe from your tongue and hands. You must be the cause of peace. The mainstay of society is the woman. If the woman keeps peace in her household, everything is peaceful and happy and running smoothly. Look at yourself; you are like the main switch for the switchboard of your home. If you are in a disturbed state of mind, it is as if an electric current runs through the house, affecting everyone at home. If you are at peace within yourself, everyone else is also peaceful.

This peace should envelop your surroundings, including your neighbours.

Abu Hurayra رضي الله عنه said :
The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم was asked : يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ، إِنَّ فُلاَنَةً تَقُومُ اللَّيْلَ وَتَصُومُ النَّهَارَ، وَتَفْعَلُ، وَتَصَّدَّقُ، وَتُؤْذِي جِيرَانَهَا بِلِسَانِهَا؟
Messenger of Allah! A certain woman prays in the night, fasts in the day, acts and gives sadaqa, but injures her neighbours with her tongue.
The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said :
لاَ خَيْرَ فِيهَا، هِيَ مِنْ أَهْلِ النَّارِ
There is no good in her. She is one of the people of the Fire.
They said : وَفُلاَنَةٌ تُصَلِّي الْمَكْتُوبَةَ، وَتَصَّدَّقُ بِأَثْوَارٍ، وَلاَ تُؤْذِي أَحَدًا؟
Another woman prays the prescribed prayers and gives bits of curd as sadaqa and does not injure anyone.
The Messenger of Allah صلى الآه عليه و سلم said :
هِيَ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ
She is one of the people of the Garden.
صحيح الألباني
الأدب المفرد ،حديث # 119
The animals should also be safe from any harm caused by you.

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said :
عُذِّبَتِ امْرَأَةٌ فِي هِرَّةٍ سَجَنَتْهَا حَتَّى مَاتَتْ فَدَخَلَتْ فِيهَا النَّارَ لاَ هِيَ أَطْعَمَتْهَا وَسَقَتْهَا إِذْ حَبَسَتْهَا وَلاَ هِيَ تَرَكَتْهَا تَأْكُلُ مِنْ خَشَاشِ الأَرْضِ.
صحيح مسلم، حديث # 2242a
A woman was punished because she had kept a cat tied until it died, and (as a punishment of this offence) she was thrown into the Hell. She had not provided it with food, or drink, and had not freed her so that she could eat the insects of the earth.

Don’t be a person whom people avoid for fear of your tongue. The Muslim lives in peace with his surroundings. Spread peace with your behaviour. You cannot be a Muslim if you are hurting others.

تحية الإسلام
the Muslim greeting : السلام عليكم ▶️ you are safe from any harm that can be cased by me, by my tongue or hands. It is as if you are waving a white flag. Don’t be a liar, don’t say salaam to someone and then harm and hurt them, even by back biting them.
The answer to the salaam : وعليكم السلام ▶️ you are also safe from me.

If there is any evil intent, the greeting is a reminder to abstain from it. So revive the meaning and don’t just say empty words. You are responsible for your actions, so be a source of peace.

When the dwellers of Jannah will enter, they will be greeted by the angels with salaam.

وَسِيقَ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا رَبَّهُمْ إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ زُمَرًا ۖ حَتَّىٰ إِذَا جَاءُوهَا وَفُتِحَتْ أَبْوَابُهَا وَقَالَ لَهُمْ خَزَنَتُهَا سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ طِبْتُمْ فَادْخُلُوهَا خَالِدِينَ
But those who feared their Lord will be driven to Paradise in groups until, when they reach it while its gates have been opened and its keepers say, “Peace be upon you; you have become pure; so enter it to abide eternally therein,” [they will enter].
سورة الزمر
39:73
Don’t worry about others, focus on yourself, and apply the salaam.

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