Greeting non-Muslims

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: I work with non-Muslims so the following situations arise:

1. How should I greet them because if I do not greet them then they feel offended?

2. When they say seasons greetings or compliments of the season at December time, how should I reply?



1. You may state the type of greetings that you could offer. We will look into it.

2. You may say, ‘May He guide us,’ referring to Allah Ta`ala.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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