On the form of the greeting

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

132. Chapter: On the form of the greeting

851. 'Imran ibn al-Husayn said, "A man came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, 'Peace be upon you.' He responded to him and then the man sat down. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Ten.' Then another man came and said, 'Peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah,' and he responded to him and the man sat down. He said, 'Twenty.' Then yet another man came and said, 'Peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings,' and he responded to him and that man sat down. He said, 'Thirty.'" [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

852. 'A'isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'This is Jibril come to recite the greeting to you.' I said, 'And upon him be peace and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.'" [Agreed upon]

That is how it occurs in some sound riwayas. The addition of "and His blessings" which is elided in some of them is acceptable.

853. Anas reported that when the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to say something, he would repeat it three times so that it would be understood. When he came to a people, he would greet them three times." [al-Bukhari]

854. Al-Miqdad said in his long hadith, "We used to take the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, his share of milk, and it was brought in the night and the greeting was given in such a way that it would not wake up anyone asleep but could be heard by someone who was awake.' The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came and gave the greeting in the same way he had been greeted." [Muslim]

855. Asma' bint Yazid reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, passed by the mosque one day when a group of women were sitting there and he greeted them by gesturing with his hand." [at-Tirmidhi]

856. Abu Jurayy al-Hujaymi said, "I went to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, 'On you be peace, Messenger of Allah,' twice. He said, 'Do not say, "On you be peace." "On you be peace" is the greeting to the dead.'" [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]