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      I always had this confusion whether to return the slam of a kafir or not. We can. The following is the proof.

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      If a kaafir greets a Muslim, should he return his greeting? If he holds out his hand to shake hands, what is the ruling? And what is the ruling on serving him by giving him tea when he is sitting in a chair?.

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      Praise be to Allaah.

      Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

      If a kaafir greets a Muslim in a clear manner, and says, “Al-salaamu ‘alaykum (peace be upon you),” then one should say, “Wa ‘alayka al-salaam (and upon you be peace),” because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      hen you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally”

      [al-Nisa’ 4:86]

      But if it is not clear, one should just say, “Wa ‘alayk (and also upon you).”

      Similarly if his greeting is clear and he says, “Al-saam ‘alaykum (may death be upon you),” then one should say, “Wa ‘alayk (and also upon you).”

      The three categories are as follows:

      1 – If he clearly says, “Al-saam ‘alaykum (may death be upon you),” then one should reply, “Wa ‘alaykum (and also upon you).”

      2 – If there is some doubt as to whether he said “al-saam (death)” or “al-salaam (peace),” then one should reply, “Wa ‘alaykum (and also upon you).”

      3 – If he clearly says, “Al-salaamu ‘alaykum (peace be upon you),” then one should reply, “Wa ‘alaykum al-salaam (and upon you be peace),” because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally”

      [al-Nisa’ 4:86]

      Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

      If the listener is certain that what he said to him was “Al-salaamu ‘alaykum (peace be upon you), and he does not have any doubts about that, should he say, “Wa ‘alayka al-salaam (and upon you be peace)” or should he limit it to “wa ‘alayk (and also upon you).” What is indicated by the evidence and the basic principles of sharee’ah is that one should respond, “Wa ‘alayka al-salaam (and upon you be peace)”, because this comes under the heading of fairness and justice, and Allaah enjoins justice and kindness. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally”

      [al-Nisa’ 4:86]

      So He recommends kindness and enjoins justice. This does not contradict any of the ahaadeeth which speak of this issue, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) only enjoined limiting the response to “Wa ‘alaykum” for the reason mentioned above, which is that they used to play with the words in their greeting. Then Ibn al-Qayyim said: Even though the general meaning of the verse is applicable, this refers to the usual words of greeting, not when they are playing with the words. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “And when they come to you, they greet you with a greeting wherewith Allaah greets you not, and say within themselves: ‘Why should Allaah punish us not for what we say?’”

      [al-Mujaadilah 58:8]

      If this reason does not apply, and the kitaabi (Christian or Jew) says, ‘Al-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmat-Allaah (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah),” then it is only fair and just to respond in a similar manner.

      Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 200/1

      In Saheeh al-Bukhaari it is narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When the Jews greet you, they say, ‘Al-saam ‘alaykum (death be upon you),’ so say, ‘Wa ‘alayk (and also upon you).”

      If he holds out his hand to shake hands with you, then hold out your hand too, but do not initiate the handshake.

      With regard to serving a kaafir by giving him tea when he is sitting in a chair, this is makrooh, but there is nothing wrong with putting the cup on the table.



      From Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), 3/36. (www.islam-qa.com)

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      I dont see the confusion islamabad? I mean its simply 'aap par bhi salamti ho', then whats with all those paras of justification? Itna time kisi aur cheez par lagatey tu behtar hota.

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      Spock, Islamabad will return in a few. he is checking the good book to see if he is allowed to reply to your post.

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      Originally posted by Matsui:
      Spock, Islamabad will return in a few. he is checking the good book to see if he is allowed to reply to your post.
      Akbar Himaar fil AAlam..ant!

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      Originally posted by Spock:
      I dont see the confusion islamabad? I mean its simply 'aap par bhi salamti ho', then whats with all those paras of justification? Itna time kisi aur cheez par lagatey tu behtar hota.

      True, but I just heard some people saying that we cannot. So I looked it up and this is what I found. So I shared it. Sorry I shared it.

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      I can't believe this question was even posted here.
      God is love, God is peace!
      Love can never beget hatred,
      and peace can never lead to war.

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      Originally posted by Diva4U:
      I can't believe this question was even posted here.
      why is that so ma'am?

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      Originally posted by stupid idiot:
      why is that so ma'am?
      cuze she knows no one is going 2 say SAlAM 2 her

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      I get salams left and right from all muslims...maybe you are lacking a few..anyhow, I have no problem saying SALAM to you. Maybe you do to me.
      God is love, God is peace!
      Love can never beget hatred,
      and peace can never lead to war.

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      Originally posted by Islamabad:


      Akbar Himaar fil AAlam..ant!
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      Originally posted by Islamabad:
      because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally”

      [al-Nisa’ 4:86]
      Not too long ago, someone explained in this forum that this particular ayat refers to muslims' interaction with other muslims. However, to be honest, on reading the surah in the context I didn't see any such limitation. You may want to check on your own as well.

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      Originally posted by DiYa*:

      cuze she knows no one is going 2 say SAlAM 2 her
      okkkkk ...how mature of you
      Love For All, Hatred For None!

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      Islamabad, Jazakallahu khairan for sharing.

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      Originally posted by Islamabad:
      I always had this confusion whether to return the slam of a kafir or not. We can. The following is the proof.
      bro. islamabad

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