Greeting a non-Muslim helper

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Q: My nani is bedridden. She has a female Christian attendant who comes everyday in the morning and leaves at night. She wanted to know if she can say salam to her when she comes in the morning. If not, then how should she greet her when she comes? Not saying anything appears rude and cold.


A: It is not permissible for her to greet her with salaam. When meeting her, she may say ‘good morning’ or ‘how are you this morning’

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, 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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