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Reply to the greeting of a Non Muslim

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If a Non Muslim greets with the words: ‘Assalam ‘alaykum’ then what should the response be?


Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘When the people of the book say salam to you, then reply by saying: wa ‘alaykum.’ [only].

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6258 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 5617)

However, one should also refer to a Mufti/Darul Ifta for more details on the issue.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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