Extending the greeting to a Muslim woman

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Reference: Ghaaratul-Ashritah ‘alaa Ahlil-Jahli was-Safsatah – Volume 1, Page 115

Question: Is it permissible to extend the greeting [of as-salaam ‘alaykum] to a Muslim woman without looking at her and talking to her [beyond saying as-salaam ‘alaykum]?

Response: The Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to extend the greeting (as-salaam ‘alaykum) to the women and quite possibly raise his hand as a [greeting] sign, so there is no harm in saying “as-salaam ‘alaykum” and she [responds by] saying “wa ‘alaykum as-salaam” – no harm in this. And Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says regarding the women:

{…but speak in an honourable manner}, soorah al-Ahzaab, aayah 32
Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

About Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.