To the editor:
It's lovely to think that both Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used the same greeting of peace with their companions.
Mohammed and Jesus lived hundreds of years apart. Mohammed spoke Arabic, the language in which the Quran was written and was revealed to him. Jesus spoke Syriac, the language of the people of Palestine at the time, and the language in which the Bible, called Injil, was to revealed to him.
In the Bible, John 20-19 (New International Version), it says, "Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you!' "
Similarly in John 20:21 it says: "Again Jesus said 'Peace be with you.' " Similarly hundreds of years later it was ... his brother in Prophethood Muhammad (pbuh) who taught his followers to use that same greeting of peace.
In the Quran verse-33 of Surat Mariam, Jesus said, "Peace be upon me the day I was born, on the day I will die and on the day I am raised alive again."
Now it is down to us, the followers of those great men, to continue that tradition and spread the greeting of peace which they taught us.
It's a much more beautiful salutation than a lackluster "hi" "what's up" or "hello."
So Assalam alaikum (peace be upon you) to one and all.
Retired U.S. Air Force