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  1. Salam

    As-salamu alaykum (Arabic: ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ, as-salāmu ʿalaykum, Arabic: [as.sa.laː.mu ʕa.laj.kum] (listen)), also written salamun alaykum and typically rendered in English as salam alaikum, is a greeting in Arabic that means 'Peace be upon you'. The salām (سَلَام, meaning 'peace') has become a religious salutation for Muslims worldwide when greeting each other, though its use as a greeting pre-dates Islam, and is also common among Arabic speakers of other religions (such as Arab Christians and Mizrahi Jews). In colloquial speech, often only the first part of the phrase (so: salām, 'peace') is used to greet a person. The typical response to the greeting is wa ʿalaykumu s-salām (وَعَلَيْكُمُ ٱلسَّلَامُ, Arabic: [wa ʔa.laj.kum mus.sa.laːm] (listen), 'and peace be upon you'). The complete phrase is as-salāmu ʿalaykum wa-raḥmatu -llāhi wa-barakātuhū (ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّٰهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ, [as.sa.laː.mu ʕa.laj.kum wa.raħ.ma.tu‿ɫ.ɫaː.hi wa.ba.ra.kaː.tu.huː]), 'Peace be upon you, as well as the mercy of God and his blessings'. This greeting in its abbreviated form, salām (سَلَام), has come to be used as the general salutation in other languages as well. Among Christians, during Mass or other liturgical services, the priest or pastor and the congregation often use the salutation, "peace be with you", sometimes replying, "and also with you". The term itself originates in the cognate Aramaic phrase שלמא עלכון šlāmā ʿalḵōn which was borrowed into Arabic.Cognate Semitic language parallels include the Aramaic/Classical Syriac šlāmā ʿalḵōn (ܫܠܵܡܵܐ ܥܲܠܟ݂ܘܿܢ), and the Hebrew shalom aleichem (שָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם shālôm ʻalêḵem).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Salamnoun

    a salutation or compliment of ceremony in the east by word or act; an obeisance, performed by bowing very low and placing the right palm on the forehead

  2. Etymology: [Ar. salm peace, safety.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Salam

    See Salaam.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SALAM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Salam is ranked #20676 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Salam surname appeared 1,280 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Salam.

    49.6% or 635 total occurrences were Asian.
    27.7% or 355 total occurrences were White.
    15.3% or 197 total occurrences were Black.
    3.8% or 49 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 9 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of salam in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of salam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of salam in a Sentence

  1. Minister Ashraf Rifi:

    So I present to you and to Prime Minister Tammam Salam my resignation.

  2. Thahir Sahab Jamel:

    A man named Salam talked to me and got me connected to ISIS. He told me I needed to be a jihadist and fight the Shia government. He convinced me to fight the government, i started getting involved as they were planning operations to begin in Iraq and Syria.

  3. Minister Ashraf Rifi:

    Continuing (to be part of) this government has become an agreement to this deviation, or at least is a failure to confront it, so I present to you and to Prime Minister Tammam Salam my resignation.

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