عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ زَيْدٍ أَخْبَرَهُ أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ يَقُولُا قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُسَلِّمُ الرَّاكِبُ عَلَى الْمَاشِي وَالْمَاشِي عَلَى الْقَاعِدِ وَالْقَلِيلُ عَلَى الْكَثِيرِ
Abdur Rahman bin Zaid heard Abu Huraira narrating: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The riding one should greet the walking one, and the walking one should greet the sitting one, and the small number of persons should greet the large number of persons.”
Narrated in Sahih Bukhari, hadith no. 6232
Grade: Sahih (authentic)
Translation adapted from sunnah.com
- Spreading the salam is a beautiful practice taught in Islam. Islam stresses good relations between humans.
- Rasulullah (ﷺ) provided an example of the order in which Muslims should greet each other with the salam:
The rider, who possesses wealth and the commodity of transportation, should greet the pedestrian
The pedestrian should greet the one who is seated, especially if the latter is alone and without company
The smaller group of people should greet the larger group, possibly allowing them both to merge by virtue of common intent and purpose
Let’s put such etiquette into practice when giving the salam.