Rahmatullah and thirty by saying Assalam-o elukum-wa-Rahmatullah-wa-Baraktah.Hazrat Abu-Ummama (R.A.H) quotes that the Prophet(P.B.U.H) said,”Amongst the people the one who is most closeto God is that who offers Salam first.Hazrat Ibn-e-Masud (R.A.H) quotes that the Prophet (P.B.U.H)said,”The one who offers Salam first is free from proudness.”
WHEN TO OFFER SALAM
(1)When two Muslims meet whether they know or do notknow each other.(2)At the time of entering into a house or leaving it.(3)At the time of joining &leaving a meeting.(4)The younger should pay Salam to elder, the passenger or passerby to the one who is sitting or is stationary andgroup of smaller people to the group of larger people.(5)A single person can offer Salam on the behalf of a group&the reply can also be given vice versa.
During meeting hand shaking in addition to paying Salam is amuch-likened act. It indicates the extent of love, happiness,affection and respect being conveyed amongst each other.Hazrat Ibn Masud (R.A.H) quotes that the Prophet (P.B.U.H)said,”The paying of salam ends in handshaking.”Hazrat Barah Bin Azib (R.A.H) quotes that the Holy Prophet(P.B.U.H) said,”When two muslims meet, have handshakingand pray to God, they will be pardoned.”