Response to greetings of 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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Can we say islamic greetings of assalam-o-alikum to non-muslims, and if they say to us islamic greetings of assalam-o-alikum , how should we answer?
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Response to greetings of 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 none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
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 brethren-in-humanity is that Allah Subhanah guide him/her to the Truth and Straight Path of Islam. Thus, regardless of how the unbeliever chooses to wish a believer, be it hi, good morning, good evening, or even As Salaam Alaykum, etc., the best wish or supplication a believer may and should make in reply to their greeting as their genuine well wisher in this world and the Hereafter is any of the following:
1. Allah Yah-deek : may Allah Guide you (to the Truth).
2. Hadaak Allah : may Allah Guide you (to the Truth).
Such a response to the greeting of a disbeliever would be more appropriate in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.
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,