Ruling on initiating Salam with non-Muslims

Question:

Is it permissible to begin greeting a disbeliever, especially if they are of high positions such as a professor in a university?

Answer:

It is not permissible to greet a disbeliever first even if they occupy high positions, because of the general prohibition mentioned in the Hadith such as the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him), “Do not start greeting the Jews and the Christians before they greet you…” (Related by Muslim) 1


  1. Sahih Muslim [Book on greetings] no. 2167; Al-Tirmidhi [Book on asking permission and manners] no. 2700; Abu Dawud [Book on manners] no. 5205; Musnad Ahmad p. 2/525. 

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