Peace Be Upon You. My Prophet Sallallahu alaii Wasalam was even polite when people were rude at Him. I was reading about muslim greeting yesterday, how infact it is a prayer , much more than a greeting and meaningful than Namaste or namashkar or hello etc: The muslim greetingbeing Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi waarakatuhu Peace Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you. And its one of the rights of the muslim that we greet them and response to their greeting.
Anyways whilst reading that It explained how to reply non muslims eg with Wa Alaykum eg if they say Good morning we say Good morning back or atleast say Wa Alayku. (And upon You). Anyhow then this hadith came along about how Hazrat Aisha RA was angry at some jews who greeted the Prophet PBUH with a curse and it explained they had been doing this for a while but this was when Hazrat Aisha RA heard it.
Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) A group of Jews entered upon the Prophet and said, “As-Samu-Alaikum.” (i.e. death be upon you).
I understood it and said, “Wa-Alaikum As-Samu wal-la’n. (death and the curse of Allah be Upon you).”
Allah’s Apostle said “Be calm, O ‘Aisha! Allah loves that one, should be kind and lenient in all matters.”
I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Haven’t you heard what they (the Jews) have said?”
Allah’s Apostle said “I have (already) said (to them) “Wa alaykum ! ” (And Upon you)