Manners of Greeting with Salam
Returning the greeting of salam by saying “salam wa rahmatullah”In Egypt it is common for some people to say “salam wa rahmatullah” instead of “wa ‘alaykum as-salam” [when returning the greeting of salam]. Is this greeting permissible? Will they be rewarded for it? I hope that you can explain this matter in detail, because it is so common and I want to be able to prove to them the correct meaning so they can do what is right.
When to Seek Permission to Enter Someone's HouseWe know that there are situations in which we should ask permission to enter inside and outside the house, but could you give us more details on these situations, such as when entering the kitchen or living room, or entering the house? Because my students have asked me these questions. And is it permissible to praise other people?
Giving salaams to people in the mosque during the khutbahIs it the sunnah to say assalaamu 'alaykum out loud when entering the masjid (while others are praying or during the khutbah) ? Please advise the daleel. Jazzakallhu Khayrun
Martial arts greeting by striking the palm with the fist of the other handWhat is the ruling on joining a martial arts class where the students have to bow to each other and to the teacher, but the teacher said that I do not have to do either? Is it permissable to still join the c lass even though I do not have to bow? is it possible to return their greeting with a closed fist gesture where youput your pal over a closed fist without bowing?
Does prostrating or bowing by way of greeting come under the heading of shirk?I read on a website that prostrating to anyone other than Allah, if it is done by way of greeting, constitutes disbelief and shirk, because prostration is an act of worship and it is not permissible to direct it towards anyone other than Allah. Is this correct?
Is kneeling in front of someone forbidden?I submitted question no. 223373 previously, about the ruling on kneeling to elders, and I was referred to an answer that mentions the permissibility of bowing to elders in Islam. But my question was specifically about the ruling on kneeling because there are some scholars in our area who say that kneeling in front of someone is different from bowing or prostrating. I hope that you can clarify the issue in a manner that will dispel confusion, so that I can tell my family about your fatw, in addition to others who are also concerned about this issue.
Du’a for Entering the HouseI wish that you could give us some advice about adhkar to be recited when entering the house, because Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) classed as da’if (weak) the hadith that is very widespread that has to do with entering the house, according to which the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “When a man enters his house, let him say, ‘O Allah, I ask You for…’, then let him greet his family with salaam.” At the same time, Shaykh Ibn Baz (may Allah have mercy on him) classed it as hasan. So if someone follows the view of Shaykh al-Albaani regarding this hadith, what should he say when entering his house? Is it sufficient to say the Basmalah [“Bismillah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem – In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”] only?
Is it prescribed for the imam to greet the people in the mosque when he comes in?We have an imam in the mosque; when he enters the mosque from behind the people, the mu’adhdhin gives the iqaamah (call immediately preceding the congregational prayer) straight away, and the people make room for him to pass, and he does not greet anyone standing in the rows until he reaches his place at the front of the mosque. I advised him to greet the worshippers when he enters the mosque, so that he may earn the love of the worshippers, and so that Allah, may He be exalted, might bless us with paradise for spreading the greeting of salaam as our Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) taught us. But his response to me was that this is not the Sunnah, and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did not do that, and there is no evidence that he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did that. So what should I do? We disagreed, and I asked him for evidence to that effect, and he replied that during the iqaamah it is not permissible to greet anyone with salaam, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did not do that. So my question is: If this imam right in what he says? Is it permissible for the imam to come from behind the worshippers and from a distance when the iqaamah is being given for the prayer?
Is it permissible for a younger person to bow to an older person when greeting him?The issue of the shirk of respect is very confusing for me. We have a tradition among our relatives that the younger person will bow slightly to his elders, at which point the elders will place their hands on the heads of the younger people as an expression of love, but the younger ones do not bow as the Muslim bows in his prayer.
Giving salaam is Sunnah when joining a gathering and when leaving itIs there any hadeethth which shows that we have to give salaam when we part from our gathering? We know that we have to give salaam when we meet, but when we part do we have to give salaam too? Is there any hadeeth with regards to this?.
Responding to Greeting of ParrotIn my grandfather's house there is a real live parrot, and when I pass by it, it greets me and says ‘al-salamu ‘alaykum”. In this case do I have to return the greeting of this bird?
Saying salaam in the wording mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah is better and more completeIs it permissible to greet people using different wordings? In other words, not limiting the greeting to “as-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmat-Allah (Peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah). For example, is it permissible to say, “Peace be upon you from a Lord Who is Oft-Forgiving and Most Merciful”, or “In the name of the Almighty Lord I begin my words, and upon His noble Prophet I send my salaam”? The reason is that I came across this in a chat room and I am not sure about it.
What to Say when Giving SalamI want to ask about how to give and return the greeting of Salam, as it was narrated from the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). Was the response “Wa `alaykum As-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfiratuhu (and upon you be peace and the mercy of Allah and His blessings and His forgiveness)'' narrated from him?
Ruling on greeting a Muslim with the words “peace be upon the one who follows true guidance”What is the ruling on greeting a Muslim in this manner: Al-salaam ‘ala man attaba’a al-huda (peace be upon the one who follows true guidance)?.
Ruling on giving and returning salaams in public washroomsIs it wrong to answer salam in big public bathrooms as long as one is not in the stalls/answering the call of nature?.
Is it obligatory to respond to the broadcaster when he says salaam on TV or radio?When the presenter of a programme on television or radio says salaam, are we sinning if we do not respond to the salaam in this case?.
When do the rulings on an adolescent girl begin to apply to a little girl?With regard to little girls, when should we not greet them with salaam, and start to lower our gaze and not look at them – from what age?.
Ruling on saying Sabaah al-khayr (Good morning) and Masa’ al-khayr (good evening)What is the ruling on saying Sabaah al-khayr (Good morning) and Masa’ al-khayr (good evening)?.
Wiping the face after du’aa’ and placing the hand over the heart after greeting someoneI have noticed with some of my freinds, especially the ones from Malaysia, that straight after they say the taslim in salat, they rub their hands over their faces...is this correct or is bid'a?? and also, with malay people, when they greet you and they shake your hand, they then pass their hand over their heart...is this also correct or is it bid'a? i would really appreciate your answer... and also...if it is wrong for them to do this...how should i tell them...is there any ahadith i could quote to them or some ayat from the Qur'an?.
Is it bid’ah for a person who is already there to say salaam to one who has just arrived?With regards to greeting salaam. I have notice some muslim people don't greet salaam when they arrive so it prompted me to greet them salaam which is the opposite of what should be. My question is am I doing bidaa because of this (greeting salaam to the person who arrives who does not say salaam).. did I sin and second thing should I greet next time with salaam a person who just arrive with he / she didn't say salaam.