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 ﷺ 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].

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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