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Women respond to men salam.

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

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I have heard that if a man wishes a salaam (ASAK) to any muslim women the women is not suppose to respond back to you.  Is this correct?

 

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Women respond to men salam

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 none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 86:

86 When a (courteous) greeting (salaam) is offered you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, (or at least) of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verse 61 (part):

But if ye enter houses greet (declare salaams upon) each other, a greeting or blessing and purity as from Allah. Thus does Allah make clear the Signs to you: that ye may understand.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54:

54 When those come to thee who believe in Our Signs say: "Peace be on you: your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy: verily if any of you did evil in ignorance and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct) lo! He is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful."

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 849 Narrated by Abu Yusuf Abdullah ibn Salam


Abdullah heard the Prophet (saws) say: O believers! Spread the Salams (greetings), feed (the poor and needy), behave kindly to your blood relations, offer prayer when others are asleep, and (thus) enter Paradise in peace.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.250 Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet (saws) said, "The young should declare salaams to the old, the passerby should declare salaams to the sitting one, and the small group of persons should declare salaams upon the large group of persons."

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 861 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

The Prophet (saws) said to him: Son, when you enter your home declare salaams to your people with the salutation of peace. It will be a source of blessing for you and for the members of your family.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.253B Narrated by Abdullah bin Amr

A man asked the Prophet (saws): "What Islamic traits are the best?" The Prophet (saws) said, "Feed the (poor and needy) people, and declare salaams to those whom you know and those whom you do not know."

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.753 Narrated by Al Bara bin Azib

The Prophet (saws) ordered us to do seven other things. To pay a visit to the sick; to follow funeral processions; to say, "May Allah be merciful to you" to a sneezer if he says "Praise be to Allah"; to return the salaams, to accept invitations; to help others to fulfill their oaths, and to help the oppressed ones.

 

Allah and His Messenger (saws) have Commanded and Guided the believers to declare the salaams upon each other, absolutely regardless of whether one knows their brethren or not; for the declaration of the salaams in Islam is a supplication one makes in earnest for his believing brethren, and a source of blessing and hasanah for those who declare it and upon those to whom it is declared.

 

Such is the significance and magnitude of this simple but weighty greeting of As Salaam o Alykum in the Sight of Allah, that not only are the believers guided and commanded by their Lord to declare it amongst themselves whenever they meet in the life of this earth..it is this very same greetings of Salaams with which they will be greeted time and time again in the Realms of their eternal life in the Gardens of Paradise in the Hereafter.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 73:

73 And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden (of Paradise) in groups: until behold they arrive there; its gates will be opened: and its Keepers (the Guardian Angels of Paradise) will say: "Peace be upon you! Well have ye done! Enter ye here to dwell therein."

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verses 9-10

9 Those who believe and work righteousness their Lord will guide them because of their faith: beneath them will flow rivers in Gardens of Bliss.

10 (This will be) their cry therein (in Paradise): "Glory to Thee O Allah!" and "Peace" will be their greeting therein! And the close of their cry will be: "Praise be to Allah the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds!"

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 14 Surah Ibraheem verse 23:

23 But those who believe and work righteousness will be admitted to Gardens beneath which rivers flow to dwell therein for aye with the leave of their Lord: their greeting therein will be: "Peace!"

 

Your Question: I have heard that if a man wishes a salaam (ASAK) to any muslim women the women is not suppose to respond back to you.  Is this correct?

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.253B Narrated by Abdullah bin Amr

A man asked the Prophet (saws): "What Islamic traits are the best?" The Prophet (saws) said, "Feed the (poor and needy) people, and declare salaams to those whom you know and those whom you do not know."

 

First and foremost, it is incumbent upon the believers that they declare salaams or salutations of peace to their believing brethren whenever they interact, absolutely regardless of whether they are male or female, and absolutely regardless of whether they know them or not.

 

When two non-mehram members of the opposite sex declare or respond to each others salutations, they should fear Allah and do so in purely business-like and straight forward manner, never in a way which would give vent to the evil desires of ones or the others hearts.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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