Not a lot of people know this, but I just thought I’d share what Salam means since if you’re in Qatar, you’ve probably heard it quite a lot.
No I’m not talking about the shop, but rather the greeting. Salam literally means ‘peace’. It’s a way of encouraging people to see and seek peace.
Culturally, the person who enters a room is the one who greets or says “Salam”. A person who leaves the room can also be kind enough to wish you ‘peace’ before leaving.
When in an elevator, I usually smile and say salam, and then say it again as I exit. Of course this is the case in any welcoming environment.
There are a few replies to Salam as well.
“Wa alykum al salam” is the standard response which means “And peace with you too”. However in the interest of simplicity, you can simply say ‘Al Salam’.
So go on, with your new found knowledge, learn to say Salam more! A simple word that’ll give people a smile for the day.