Initiating the greeting of as-salaam ‘alaykum with the disbelievers

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.4, Question No.49

Question: What is the ruling regarding initiating [the greeting of] as-salaam [‘alaykum] with the disbelievers, particularly if it is for the sake of da’wah?

Response: No, don’t initiate [the greeting of as-salaam ‘alaykum]. The Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

«Do not initiate [the greeting of] as-salaam [‘alaykum] with the Jews and the Christians»

[So] how can we [then] ignore this hadeeth, and say [this is] for the sake of da’wah? No [we cannot].

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- 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.