Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings (Fiqh)
Fatwa#: 37429
Asked Country: United Arab Emirates

Answered Date: Mar 30,2017

Title: Replying Salaam to a Non-Muslim

Question

Assalamu alaikum,

If a non muslim says salam to a muslim, how to reply them..??

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

If a non Muslim says Salam to a Muslim then one should simply reply with the following:

وعَلَيْك 

Translation: and upon you

Transliteration: Wa Alayk[i]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Ridhwan Ur Rahman

Student Darul Iftaa
Cardiff, Wales, UK

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



[i] الفتاوى التاترخانية (81/18)

اذا سلم اليهودي او النصراني او المجوسي علي مسلم قال محمد رحمه الله: يقول المسلم وعليك

الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (6/ 413)

قَوْلُهُ وَلَكِنْ لَا يَزِيدُ عَلَى قَوْلِهِ وَعَلَيْك) لِأَنَّهُ قَدْ يَقُولُ: السَّامُ عَلَيْكُمْ أَيْ الْمَوْتُ كَمَا قَالَ بَعْضُ الْيَهُودِ لِلنَّبِيِّ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - فَقَالَ لَهُ " وَعَلَيْك " فَرَدَّ دُعَاءَهُ عَلَيْهِ وَفِي التَّتَارْخَانِيَّة قَالَ مُحَمَّدٌ: يَقُولُ الْمُسْلِمُ وَعَلَيْك يَنْوِي بِذَلِكَ السَّلَامَ لِحَدِيثٍ مَرْفُوعٍ إلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - أَنَّهُ قَالَ: «إذَا سَلَّمُوا عَلَيْكُمْ فَرُدُّوا عَلَيْهِمْ

أحسن الفتاوى 8/134

فتاوي محمودية19/97

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