Abridged: It is obligatory to return the Islamic greeting

Imaam Ibn Abdul-Barr (rahimahullaah) said: The obligation of returning the Islamic greeting is (found in the) statement of (Allaah):

وَإِذَا حُيِّيتُم بِتَحِيَّةٍ فَحَيُّوا بِأَحْسَنَ مِنْهَا أَوْ رُدُّوهَا

”When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally.” [Nisaa: ayah: 86]

Imaam Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah) said:

To give the Islamic greeting is voluntary and it is an obligation to return it. This is what the scholars say collectively, that it is an obligation upon the one who is given the salaam to reply to it; and he has sinned if he does not reply to it, because he has opposed the command of Allaah (The Most high).

The abandonment of returning the Islamic greeting is an evil and ugly deed and many people have been afflicted with it in this era. And they are prevented from it due to pride and self-amazement. So we gently say to all of them, ”Who are you?! And from what are you from?!” Allaah said:

”From what thing did He create him? From Nutfah (male and female semen drops) He created him, and then set him in due proportion” [Abasa: Ayah: 17…]

Are you greater in status than the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)? Indeed he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) returned the Islamic greeting of the young, the old, the free person and the slave, and he also greeted them. Therefore, let there be a good example in the Messenger of Allaah for you to follow. We ask Allaah for guidance and success for all.

Also when a person is leaving a gathering and gives the salaam, it is obligatory to reply to him.


[For further details, see: Al-Ilaam Bi-Ba’di Ahkaam As-Salaam of Shaikh Abdus-Salaam Burgess (rahimahullaah) page: 11-12|Translated, Written or Compiled by Abu Mu’aawiyyah Abdullah]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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