Salaams salutations to non muslims
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
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My question is that actully i live in india there are different kind of community is live with us so they all give salam when they meet me everytime that i know we can not give ans to kafir but can we give ans to shiya or other type of muslim?
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Salaams salutations to non muslims
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Q-1: My question is that actully i live in india there are different kind of community is live with us so they all give salam when they meet me everytime that i know we can not give ans to kafir
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 60 Surah Mumtahina verse 8: Allah forbids you not with regard to those (unbelievers) who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just.
As-Salaam o Aleikum is a dua or supplication a believer makes for his believing brother and sister, and asks for Peace and Safety for his brother-in-faith from the source of All Peace, Allah Subhanah. There is absolutely no harm if one wishes Peace for a non-muslim, but the truth of the matter is that no person can experience genuine peace and safety in the life of this world and especially in the Hereafter if he is not guided to the Truth of Islam.
Thus, the absolute best dua or supplication a believer can make for his non-muslim brother-in-humanity is that Allah Subhanah guide him to the Truth and Straight Path of Islam. Thus, regardless of how the unbeliever chooses to wish a believer, be it hi, good morning, or good evening etc., the best wish or supplication a believer may and should make in reply as his genuine well wisher in this world and the Hereafter is any of the following:
Allah Yah-deek : may Allah Guide you (to the Truth).
Hadaak Allah : may Allah Guide you (to the Truth).
Q-2: but can we give ans to shiya or other type of muslim?
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 86: When a (courteous) greeting is offered you meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things.
If any believer, who believes in Allah as his Lord, and in Prophet Mohamed (saws) as the Last and Final Messenger (saws), regardless of what sect or creed he claims to belong to, greets another with the Islamic greeting, As-Salaam o Alaykum, it is an obligatory Command of Allah Subhanah upon the believer to return a better greeting or at least the same.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 849 Narrated by Abu Yusuf Abdullah ibn Salam
Abdullah heard the Prophet (saws) say: O
people! Spread the Salaams (greetings),
feed (the poor and needy), behave kindly to your blood relations, offer prayer
when others are asleep, and (thus) enter
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.27 Narrated by Abdullah bin Amr
A person asked Allah's Messenger (saws) "What (sort of) deeds in or (what qualities of) Islam are good?" He (saws) replied, "To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you don't know."
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,