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Is it necessary to reply to salaam in text or messages that people send. Or is it ok if just say it verbally.

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.com
Is it necessary to reply to salaam in text or messages that people send. Or is it ok if just say it verbally.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 985/893/L=09/1440)

 

It is necessary to reply written salam as well. However, one has the option either reply in written form or verbally. It is not necessary to only reply in written form. It is also enough to reply verbally.

 

ويجب رد جواب كتاب التحية كرد السلام. (الدر المختار) (قوله ويجب رد جواب كتاب التحية) لأن الكتاب من الغائب بمنزلة الخطاب من الحاضر مجتبى والناس عنه غافلون ط … قال شارحه المناوي: أي إذا كتب لك رجل بالسلام في كتاب ووصل إليك وجب عليك الرد باللفظ أو بالمراسلة (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار: 9/594، ط: زكريا ديوبند)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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