Extending the greeting to those inside the masjid

Reference: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/16882

Question: [What is the ruling regarding] extending the greeting [of as-salaam ‘alaykum] upon entering the masjid – whether someone is in there or not?

Response: [To extend] the greeting [of as-salaam ‘alaykum] is a good word, so if there is anyone inside [the masjid], then he can extend the greeting to his brothers. And if there is no-one there, then his greeting will extend to the angels who are present inside the masjid.

- 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.

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