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Saying Salams in Writing and the Necessity to Reply

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Question:

Assalamu alikum wa rahmathullah

Is it obligatory to say jawaab to the salaam written in English sent through mail?

Country: India

Answer:

Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

Replying to the salam when received in written correspondence is obligatory. (Imam Nawawi’s Kitab al-Adhkar p. 316)

And Allah knows best.

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