Words for offering Greetings and their rewards

Imran bin Husain (radi Allahu anhu) reported: A man came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and said: “As-Salamu ‘Alaikum. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Ten (meaning the man had earned the merit of ten good deeds).” Another one came and said: “As-Salamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Twenty.” A third one came and said: “As-Salamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Thirty.”

[Sunan Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi]

Commentary:

This Hadith shows that we can earn ten-fold good rewards by greeting a person in the Islamic way.

There will be a further ten-fold addition to it if we say, “As-Salamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah” (May you be safe from evil, and the Mercy of Allah be upon you).

If we say, “As-Salamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu” (May you be safe from evil, and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings be upon you), thirty-fold good reward comes to us.

Ahadith are silent on increasing more words to Salam. So this much will suffice.

And Allah knows best!

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