Greeting a non-Muslim with the words “na maste”

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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.


Answered by:

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.