You Shall Be Courteous
[4:86] When greeted with a greeting, you shall respond with a better greeting or at least an equal one. GOD reckons all things.
[4:87] GOD: there is no god except He. He will surely summon you on the Day of Resurrection – the inevitable day. Whose narration is more truthful than GOD’s?
[6:54] When those who believe in our revelations come to you, you shall say, “Salamun `Alaykum (Peace be upon you). Your Lord has decreed that mercy is His attribute. Thus, anyone among you who commits a transgression out of ignorance, and repents thereafter and reforms, then He is Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
By starting the greeting with “peace”, we are priming the situation to a positive atmosphere.
If all people responded to a greeting with an equal or better greeting then this could effectively abolish animosity between many people.
[99:7] Whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it.
[99:8] And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.
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[41:33] Who can utter better words than one who invites to GOD, works righteousness, and says, “I am one of the submitters”?
[41:34] Not equal is the good response and the bad response. You shall resort to the nicest possible response. Thus, the one who used to be your enemy, may become your best friend.
[41:35] None can attain this except those who steadfastly persevere. None can attain this except those who are extremely fortunate.
We love and hate in the cause of God. If we have a personal issue with someone we need to find reason to make peace with them. If someone is an enemy of God and attacks the believers because of their belief we need to firm with these people, and not extend love and friendship to these people.
Abraham: An Example
[60:4] A good example has been set for you by Abraham and those with him. They said to their people, “We disown you and the idols that you worship besides GOD. We denounce you, and you will see nothing from us except animosity and hatred until you believe in GOD ALONE.”* However, a mistake was committed by Abraham when he said to his father, “I will pray for your forgiveness,** but I possess no power to protect you from GOD.” “Our Lord, we trust in You, and submit to You; to You is the final destiny.
[60:5] “Our Lord, let us not be oppressed by those who disbelieved, and forgive us. You are the Almighty, Most Wise.”
What should people in a community do if they see that people within that community are not greeting one another per this verse?
Lead by example.
[60:6] A good example has been set by them for those who seek GOD and the Last Day. As for those who turn away, GOD is in no need (of them), Most Praiseworthy.
[60:7] GOD may change the animosity between you and them into love. GOD is Omnipotent. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.