My favourite greetings so far are:
assalam alaykum: peace be upon you
wa'alaykum salam: and upon you be peace
sabah al khair: good morning
sabah an noor: may your morning be bright
misaa al khair: good afternoon/evening
misaa an noor: may your evening be bright
marhabtain: a double welcome to you
ma'a salaamah: farewell/go in safety
Allah yesalmik: May Allah save you
al hamdu lillah: By God's grace
enshalla: If God wills
If I manage to feel comfortable about these I will be happy for now. My main observation about conversations and talks that I have attended so far is that God(Allah) is included as a centrepiece to people's lives here as a natural and normal way of living. The laws of this country are underpinned by the teachings of the Koran, which is God's law. I know that there are some groups of people who have interpreted these laws in a negative and hostile way but I am thinking that we humans tend to interpret things in the way that suits us, to excuse our actions. Around the world we can find many such groups from many sources. I, personally, am always looking for the pure essence of truth teachings I study and I am finding that love and kindness is this essence, reflected clearly in the true teachings of Islam.
Abu Jahl saw Muhammad and said:
"What an ugly son of a bitch!"
"You're rude, but you're right."
Abu Abkr saw Muhammed and said:
"You're the beautiful shining sun!"
"You're right, my friend.
You've seen through."
Someone listening to this asked:
"How can they both be right
when they are contracting each other?"
"I am a mirror polished by Allah.
In me everyone sees themselves."