Touch hearts through a handshake, smile and…

A Smile is the handshake of the heart!

Those words are a million times better than a ‘Hi’ or ‘Good Morning’.
Those words weigh heavier than ‘Hope you have a great day.’
It not only spreads love and peace, but it is a dua’ and you are rewarded too.

Yes, it is the beautiful greeting of the Angels and the Prophets. It is the greeting of the people of Paradise,
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another. May I inform you of something, if you do, you love each other. Promote greeting amongst you (by saying As-salamu ‘alaikum to one another)“.
When you say, ‘Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmathullahi wa Barakathuhu’ , you are actually praying for that person, you are saying: ‘May Allah protect you, keep you safe from all evil. May Allah have mercy on you and bless you.’
Whoaa…soo much in a simple greeting?!
Yeah! Isn’t it a billion times better that a ‘Hi’ or a ‘Good Morning’?

Unfortunately, many of us, when we shake hands, while we greet with the Salaam, we barely feel it. Now read what the Prophet  (ﷺ) said.

Al-Bara’ (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Two Muslims will not meet and shake hands without having their sins forgiven (by Allah ) before they depart.”
{Abu Dawud}
Beautiful, ain’t it? Each time you meet and greet each other with a hand shake, your sins are forgiven! SubhanAllah!

(How merciful is Allah, he wants to see His servant free of sins, he gives you chance after chance to purify your sins, subhanAllah! This is just an example of how a deed as simple as shaking hands purify your sins!)

In a famous Hadith narrated by Jabir Bin Abdullah رضي الله عنه , the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“Every good is charity. Indeed among the good is to meet your brother with a smiling face, and to pour what is left in your bucket into the vessel of your brother.”
[Another small deed added to your balance sheet!]
When you smile at someone, it is not only an act of worship, in which you are rewarded, but at the same time, a sincere smile can brighten their day! And in return, you never know, they might make a sincere dua’ for you, and Allah will answer!

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Every joint of a person must perform a charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is a charity. To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity. And the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.” {Bukhari & Muslim}
Now, add to that smile, a few sincere good words, it may brighten a day or lighten a load. If that person is having a hard time, those few sincere words that you say might give him/her strength to face that hardship, and make it seem lighter. And of course you get abundant rewards!
Now, count how many people you meet everyday, when you greet them with a smile and good words, with each person you meet, imagine how much reward you will be gaining!
When you smile, say ‘Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmathullahi Wa Barakathuhu’ give  a handshake that makes the other person feel that they are special, and few good words or a dua’, you will be rich with rewards! SubhanAllah!
But, before all that, purify your intentions, do it for the sake of Allah, for verily, actions are based on intentions ( إنما الأعمال بالنيات ).
So the next time you meet someone, greet with ‘Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmathullahi wa Barakathuhu,’ flash a smile, give a tight handshake (don’t break their bone!!) & say a few good words or a sincere advice!
P.S: Don’t smile or shake hands with any Ahmed, Amina or Bilal! Keep it within the same gender or your mahrams! 😉
May Allah Bless you all!
-Ayisha Ishaq

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