Saying “السلام عليكم” to an unknown caller on the telephone

Reference: Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah – Volume 6, Page 366

Question: What is the ruling regarding saying ‘as-salaam [‘alaykum] to someone on the telephone if you do not know whether they are Muslim or not?

Response: The ruling regarding that is the [same] ruling of when you meet [someone] and if you know him to be a disbeliever then he is not to be greeted with the salaam, however if you do not know, then there is no prohibition in that.

And with Allaah lies [all] success.

- 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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