Q: Is it permissible for a Muslim to greet a non Muslim with the words na maste etc?
A: This is not permissible. This is a Hindu greeting and is exclusive to Hinduism. Therefore it is not permissible for a Muslim to emulate the Hindus in their form of greeting. A Muslim should totally refrain from this.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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.