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How do Muslims greet each other, and why?

Muslims greet each other with the Arabic phrase As-salam alaykum, “Peace be upon you,” to which the appropriate response is Wa-alaykum as-salam, “And upon you, peace.” The Quran commands Muslims to greet each other in this way as a reflection of the peaceful relationships that are intended to exist between Muslims, based upon their common faith and submission to the will of God.

Quran 10:10 records that Muslims who enter heaven will greet each other in this way: “Their cry there will be, ‘Glory to you, O God!’ and ‘Peace!’ will be their greeting therein!” Quran 14:23 also records, “But those who believe and work righteousness will be admitted to Gardens beneath which rivers flow—to dwell there forever with their Lord's permission. Their greeting therein will be: ‘Peace!’”

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