Replying to the salaam greeting whilst reading the Qur.aan


Question: If I was reading the Qur.aan, and someone came along and conveyed the salaam [greeting] to me, should I respond to his salaam or should I [first] complete [reading] the aayah?

Response: [You should] complete [reading] the aayah, then reply to his salaam [when you have finished doing so]. [Note that] it has not been legislated to convey the salaam to the one reading the Qur.aan, because doing so will busy him and interfere with his reading; [instead], when he has finished reading – then convey the salaam to him.

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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