Replying to the salaam of a Kafir

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Some time non muslim brothers used say Salam to us; so can we reply them as
“walekumussalam wa hidayatullah” ( may Allah SWT give you hidayat) or any similar words (please suggest)


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


If a non-Muslim gives Salam then it is permissible for a Muslim to reply with the words “وعليك” (and upon you). However, it is impermissible to initiate Salam with a non-Muslim.[1]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saleem Ibn Sajawal Khan

Bradford, UK

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 [1]  إذا سلم اليهودي أو النصراني أو اليهودي علي المسلم ، قال محمد رحمه الله تعالى يقول المسلم إلي الذمي وعليك ينوي بذلك السلام لحديث مرفوع إلي النبي صلي الله عليه وسلم أنه قال: “إذا سلموا عليكم فردوا عليهم “. وإنما يكره أن يبتدئهم بالسلام.   [فتاوى قاضيخان ج 3 ص327  قديمي كتب خانه]


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