As Salam is the 5th attribute of Allah which has different meanings as well. The name of our religion and even word Muslim is derived from the same root from where this attribute is derived.
Meaning of Al Salam
There are two meanings of this attribute.
Peace or Well-being
Al Salam means peace or well being. Allah az wajal is the peace maker and protector. He likes peace and commands to live in harmony and peace.
Perfect or Flawless
It means that Allah az wajal is perfect and flawless in his acts. He provides perfect protection, perfect blessings to the mankind.
Allah as Al Salam
Al Salam is an attribute of Allah which means peaceful. Allah is free from any kind of mischief which means he is amicable. Allah in itself is peaceful, loves harmony and propagates peace and harmony.
Islam religion of peace
Islam is the religion, liked by Allah for His creation. Islam in itself means peace. Islam preaches peace and forbids the followers from envy and hatred. Extremism is also forbidden in Islam.Islam Is a religion of peace and propagate peace as well. Due to some reasons, non muslims consider it an extreme religion but this is not the fact. There are many proves which shows that Islam is a peaceful, harmonious and amicable religion.
Muslim, Propagator of peace
A Muslim is a person who preaches peace and lives his life according to principles of Islam in harmony and peace. The word Muslim is also derived from the word Salam. The definition of Muslim in a hadith is
- A Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands, other Muslims are safe. Sahi bukhari, book of iman
- As salam u alikum and Wa alikum us salam:
When a Muslim meets another Muslim, he greets him by saying As salam u laikum which means peace be upon you. And the other person replies in Wa alikum us salam which means peace be upon you too. As salam u alikum were the first words which were taught to Prophet Adam(A. S) by Allah when He first created him.
Dar ul salam
The word dar ul salam is used in Quran for Jannah. Jannah is dar ul salam because it is free from grief, sorrows, sadness, deatg, envy and everything which is temporary. The first obligation to enter the dar ul salam is to follow the path of peace which is ofcourse Islam. But it does not mean that by being a muslim, one can enter the Jannah, one has to follow all the obligations of Islam properly. A Muslim cannot enter into dar ul salam until he is salam as well.
Salah a practice of harmony
Salah is obligatory for a Muslim and it propagates peace as well. The verses at the end of each Salah
السلام علیکم ورحمتہ اللہ و برکاتہ
- Sending peace on Angels
According to some scholars , the last verses of Salah are recited to send peace on karameen o takibeen( the angels who are recording each and every act of a person).
- Sending peace on the fellows
According to some scholars, these words are used to send salam to the fellow worshippers.
Proof from hadith
This supplication was taught by our beloved holy Prophet (P.B.U.H). Reciting it after every prayer is good for seeking protection and goodness in life.
اللهم أنت السلام، ومنك السلام، تباركت يا ذا الجلال والإكرام.صحیح مسلم ھدیث نمبر 591
O Allah, help me in remembering You, in thanking You and in worshipping You in the best way.”
Proof of Al Salam from Quran
The word Al Salam is used in Quran only once for Allah (S.W.T) in Surah Al-Hashr verse 23.
- He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him.
Word Al Salam is used in Quran for many others things.
- And Allah invites to the Home of Peace and guides whom He wills to a straight path surah Younas verse 25. In this verse Al Salam is used for Khana Kaaba(Holy pilgrimage)
- Say, [O Muhammad], “Praise be to Allah , and peace upon His servants whom He has chosen. Is Allah better or what they associate with Him?” surah ul namal verse 59.
Invocation through this attribute
The recitation of this attribute countlessly is good during grievance or difficulties. Reciting this name will bring peace and safety.
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