Ending a letter with Salaam

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Q: What does “was-salaam” mean? Is it Sunnah to end a letter with these words? Is it compulsory for the person who receives a letter which ends with “was-salaam” to audibly reply with wa alaykum salaam?


A: A letter is a meeting, and a meeting starts with salaam and ends with salaam.

It does not have to be audible. He can say it softly.

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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