13 September 2014

To give food and to greet everyone is the best act

To give food and to greet everyone is the best act

Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: A man asked the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam): "Which act in Islam is the best?" He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) replied, "To give food, and to greet everyone, whether you know or you do not." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary: Feeding poor and destitute is an act of goodness, and so is fulfilling the needs of the indigent. Greeting everybody (saying `As-Salamu `Alaikum'), whether an acquaintance or a stranger, is a good manner too. Both of these acts generate mutual love and remove hatred and ill will from hearts. All other forms of greetings do not no substitute for Islamic greeting. 
Ref.: Imam Al-Nawawi's Riyad-us-Saliheen # 845. 

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