HADITH OF THE DAY: PEACE AND GOD'S MERCY
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked permission to enter a house by saying,
"peace and God's mercy be upon you," to the inhabitants.
The person in the house replied, "and upon you be peace and God's mercy," but spoke so softly that the Prophet could not hear him.
The Prophet gave the salutation three times and man responded three times, but in the same low voice. Because he could not hear a reply, the Prophet went away without entering the house.
The person in the house later explained his actions to the Prophet.
He said: "You did not give a salutation without my hearing it and responding to you, but I did not speak loud enough for you to hear because I wanted to receive many of your salutations and so receive great blessing."
After hearing the explanation, the Prophet entered the man's house, ate some food, and said:
"May the righteous eat your food, may the angels invoke blessings on you, and may those who have been fasting break their fast with you."
Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1132
The Prophet also said:
"Eat together and not separately, for the blessing is associated with the company."
Al-Trimidhi, Hadith 1137