SHALOM - SHLAMA - SALAAM

An Interfaith Greeting of Peace

Pronunciation:
SHA - LOM,
SHLA - MA,
SA -LAAM

An Interfaith Greeting of Peace

SHALOM - SHLAMA - SALAAM

These three words in Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic are used in turn as greetings of peace by Jews, Christians and Muslims, the followers of the three Abrahamic religions. As historically and spiritually related, this family of religions offer much that can take us beyond the conflicts that often separate and divide us. While addressing issues of discord among us is not a simple matter, holding peace among us, the followers of these worldwide religions as our purpose, can begin with this simple three word greeting.

Using the languages of our sacred texts to greet each other shows honor and respect for the Prophets of ancient Israel, Jesus who spoke and preached in Aramaic, and Mohammed may open the way to a deepening respect for each other as together we work for world peace.

Christianity being the path I follow, I suggest using these three sacred words when we gather for fellowship, study, prayer and liturgy. They can easily be taught, pointing out our common origin in the family of Abraham. This practice can become a small gesture that points the way toward something much bigger.

Pronunciation:
SHA - LOM,
SHLA - MA,
SA -LAAM

— Joseph Kilikevice