Is it permissible for a Muslim to return the greeting of the People of the Book (Jews & Christians)?

Question 10: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Spread Salaam (Islaamic greeting of peace)among those whom you know and those whom you do not.” (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) He (peace be upon him) also said:  “Do not initiate greetings with the Jews and the Christians; and if you meet any of them on a road, force them to its narrowest (alley).” (Related by Muslim) In yet another Hadeeth, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “If the People of the Book greet you, you should say, “The same to you.” (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) How can we reconcile these Hadeeth? Do the Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) fall under this category? The People of the Book are now intermixing with Muslims everywhere. Some so-called Muslims unfortunately copy the People of the Book and the Mushriks in the way they dress, walk, and talk. We take refuge with Allah (Exalted be He) from this. How authentic are the Hadeeth mentioned above? May Allaah benefit us and you!

Answer: The general permissibility of encouraging the spread of Salaam as indicated in the first Hadeeth has been confined by the other Hadeeth which forbids initiating greetings… read more here.

Is it permissible to initiate greetings with the People of the Book (Jews and Christians)?

Question 9: The Prophet (peace be upon him) has advised us to exchange Salaam (Islaamic greeting of peace). However, I read a Hadeeth that tells us not to greet the Jews of the Muslim Ummah (nation based on one creed). When the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) was asked who they were, he replied, “They are those who hear the Adaan (call to Prayer) but do not go to offer Salaah (Prayer).” If I pass by a group of people while going to the Masjid (mosque) and I know they are not going to offer Salaah, what should I do?

Answer: The above-mentioned Hadeeth has no origin. If you pass by a group of people while you are on your way to the Masjid… read more here.

Ruling on someone who does not return the Islaamic greeting

Question 8: What is the ruling on someone who does not return the Salaam (islaamic greeting of peace)? Whenever I meet him, I greet him first but he does not return my greeting?

Answer: The Muslims should exchange greetings so as to strengthen love and affection between them… read more here.

What is the ruling on Muslims kissing each other’s faces when they meet everyday?

Question 7: The habit of men kissing each other on the cheeks when they meet everyday has spread among the young people, old men, in the Masjid (mosque) and in the classrooms. Is this contradictory to Sunnah or not? Is it a Bid`ah (innovation in religion), a sin or something permissible? We would like to know the ruling of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) in detail. What about kissing on the shoulders?

Answer: It is permissible when meeting someone to exchange greetings and shake hands. If this meeting is after returning from a journey, it will be permissible also to hug each… read more here.

Shaking hands with each other after Salaah and saying: “May Allaah accept your Salaah”

Question 6: In some Masjids (mosques), the worshippers shake hands with each other after Salaah and say, “May Allaah accept (your Salaah)”. What is the ruling on this custom in the view of Sharee`ah?

Answer: This act has no basis either in the Qur’aan or the Sunnah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated… read more here.

What is the ruling on gesturing Salaam (Islaamic greeting of peace) by waving?

Question 5: What is the ruling on gesturing Salaam (Islaamic greeting of peace) by waving?

Answer: Salaam should be pronounced and not gestured, for this is the greeting of the Jews… read more here.

Is it permissible when two persons meet anywhere to shake hands?

Question 4: Is it permissible when two persons meet anywhere to shake hands, as mentioned in the Hadeeth narrated by Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) in Durrat-ul-Naasiheen [The Gem of the Preachers]?

Answer: It was reported by Al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh from `Amr ibn `Aasim from Hammam on the authority of Qataadah that he asked Anas… read more here.

What is the greeting that is in accordance with Allaah’s command and the Sunnah of the Prophet?

Question 3: Your Honor, you know that exchanging greetings plays a great role in our life and the lives of our fathers. However, here in Nigeria, it does not comply with the instructions of Islaam. What is the greeting that is in accordance with Allaah’s command and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)?

Answer: The Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded us to spread greetings among Muslims because it has great benefits… read more here.

What is the ruling on saying: “al-salaamu ‘alaa man Ittaba`a al-hudaa”?

Question 2: Is it permissible for a Muslim to greet their colleagues saying: “al-salaamu ‘alaa man Ittaba`a al-hudaa (Peace be upon those who follow the guidance)”?

Answer: A Muslim should maintain the rights of other Muslim brothers and consider their feelings. A Muslim loves for fellow Muslims what they love for their own selves, just as reported in the Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Merit of ‘shaking hands’ and ‘exchanging greetings’ according to the Sharee’ah

Question 1: Eminent shaykhs, is there any Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth to the effect that exchanging greetings and shaking hands with a group of persons wipes away sins like dry leaves are shaken from a tree? If your answer is in the affirmative, please tell me about the text of the concerned Hadeeth!

Answer: It was authentically related in Saheeh Book of Hadeeth of Al-Bukhaaree that Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked: Did the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) use to shake hands? He replied: Yes… read more here.