Question:

What is the difference between meaning of “Salamun Alaikum” and “Assalamu Alykum” ?

Answer:

One saying with “Ta’reef” (with Alif and Lam) and other with “Tankeer” (with Tanween).

Allah told :

سَلَامٌ قَوْلًا مِنْ رَبٍّ رَحِيمٍ – يس: 58
سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ لَا نَبْتَغِي الْجَاهِلِينَ – القصص : 55
تَحِيَّتُهُمْ فِيهَا سَلَامٌ – سونس : 10

What appears is the difference between both sayings is little and doesn’t effect the meaning. And Allah told [us in the Qur’aan]:

إِذْ دَخَلُوا عَلَيْهِ فَقَالُوا سَلَامًا قَالَ سَلَامٌ قَوْمٌ مُنْكَرُونَ – الذاريات – 25

As for the meaning of this saying:

– May Allah protect you from every evil and harm and trial.
– And that you make dua for your Muslim brother with this.

The meaning is same for both the sayings.

Answered by : Shaykh Abu Ishaq Al Qaisee Hafidahullah