When entering or leaving your house, acknowledge those inside. Use the greeting that is unique to Muslims and which is the label of Islam:

Assalámu’alaikum wa rahmatulláhi wa barakátuhu

“May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you”

Do not forego this Islamic greeting by replacing it with something else such as “Good Morning” or “Hello” etc. This will lead to the “Salám” eventually being totally abandoned. This greeting is the salient feature of Islam. It is the label of Muslims which Nabi [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] prescribed by his actions and it is that which he taught his attendant, Sayyiduná Anas Ibn Malik [Radiallahu anhu] when he [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] said to him: “O my son, greet your family when you enter (your home) for that is a blessing for you and your family.” [Sunan Tirmidhi]

Imam Qatadah [Rahimahullah], a prominent Tábií said, “Say Salaam to your family when you enter your house, for they are the most worthy of your Salaam.”

Imam Tirmidhi [Rahimahullah] recorded from Sayyiduná Abu Hurairah [Radiallahu anhu] that Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] said, “When any of you joins  a gathering, he should say Salaam and when he intends to leave, then too, he should say Salaam. The first (the greeting of arrival) is no less important than the second (the greeting when parting).”

1 Comment

  1. Rashid said,

    April 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Most men I know are aware of the etiquette. However many non resident women will walk into the house and use the excuse that the door is not latched or that they were in the house and just left for a few minutes so they dont need to re-knock

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