Muslims are Muslims. And they play games.
Not the kind of sports that train people and build their bodies, minds and character. But the most self-defeating game of cutting corners and second-guessing Allah.
For example, the expression “Assalamu Alaikum” is an ocean within an endless, ocean whose shores and bottom cannot even be imagined, leave alone measured.
And it is rooted in the Qur’an and the Hadith — nothing less — and a thousand-plus years of unbroken Muslim Tradition and Practice.
There is nothing like it in any culture.
And it contains Allah’s name Assalaam, which simply is beyond all words to describe.
So, many Muslims say Assalamu Alaikum to other Muslims, as they should, which is wonderful.
But then some, including myself, throw in something like “Allah Bless You!”
Saying that to non-Muslims, I can understand. But saying that to other Muslims? That, if nothing else, is shortchanging them. Those other Muslims. It is cheating them of their right to be given the present of Assalam.
So, to all Muslims, I say Assalamu Alaikum and leave it at that.