What does As-Salaam Alaikum mean?

Saturday, March 27, 2010Brother Mustafaa

By
Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad

In The Name Of ALLAH, The Beneficent, The Merciful


I am dedicating this brief posting to educating my black brothers and sisters to take one more step in understanding Islam, Muslims and themselves.

While out this week with The Final Call Newspaper I encountered the usual rebuttals: "Yall don't love Jesus" "You do not believe in Jesus" "I don't mess with that Islam stuff" and on and on the objections went. This has been the everyday reality of my life since becoming a Muslim believer 14 years ago, so it is no problem and I am much more patient to explain.

We have been programed to reject Islam, which actually is our nature and original religion, by the Eurocentric education which continually demonizes Muslims. And then there is the false idea that Arabs with a turban on are the "REAL" owners of Islam.

Islam as taught by The Holy Qur'an and the Prophets is a natural way of life which revolves around submission to the will of God and following the righteous principles of Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting and struggle to overcome difficulties.

We are the original people of the Earth and Islam, as it is called in modern times, is the system we found our strength from. Of course, among different languages and different Prophets it may not have been called Islam from the Arabic tongue, but you will find the prophets and holy books all taught the same eternal principles.

One of the principles of Islam teaches us to want for your brother/sister what you want for yourself. In accordance with this principle, when we meet our fellow Muslim we always say, "As-Salaam Alaikum!" Where we are greeted in return, "Wa'Laikum Salaam!" The first phrase means May peace be with you and the latter phrase means May peace be returned to you. This is also a short prayer asking for peace and blessing to descend upon your brother/sister in whatever circumstances they may be in. This is not nothing strange as Jesus(Peace be upon him) always met his disciples with Peace or Shalom.

 Peace is the life of righteous people and is what we are promised by submitting our will to Almighty God. Inner happiness(peace) is a priceless commodity in a falling world as we find ourselves in. There are many people who you would think are totally happy, because they possess material things... however the one thing they really long for is simply peace.

Peace is described as the absence of Chaos. Peace to me is having a loving family, financial security, fulfilling your purpose for being, exploiting your God given talents, living in peaceful surroundings and having a personal relationship with The Creator. The Most Hon. Elijah Muhammad, The Messenger-Messiah, said when you can't wish peace upon another your mind is not right. This teaches us that you cannot give(peace) to others what you have not developed(peace) yourself.

As I leave you encouraging you to find your peace and then share that peace with the world by working to end the world of chaos and building a new reality based on Peace, Freedom, Justice and Equality.

I leave in the greeting words of peace

As-Salaam Alaikum!

Thank you for reading these few words

Copyright2010 Mustafaa Muhammad

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