Refraining from greeting dissolute person with Salaam
Fatwa No: 366073

  • Fatwa Date:5-12-2017 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 17, 1439
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Question

Is there any restriction or is it disliked to give the Salaam greeting to a drug addict Muslim or a Muslim who does very big sins openly? One of our local imams mentioned it recently at the time of discussing the benefit of giving the Salaam in Islam.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Deserting a dissolute person depends on the interest that is hoped from it. If deserting him will deter him and it is hoped that he would stop his dissoluteness, then he should be deserted and one should not greet him (with the Salaam) or respond to his Salaam (if one is greeted by him) in order to deter him and rectify him.

The fatwa of Ar-Ramli from the Shaafi’i School reads, “Is it obligatory to respond to the Salaam of a dissolute person or not? It is not obligatory to respond to his greeting of Salaam if deserting him will deter him, and it is not recommended to start the Salaam greeting to him.

However, if saying the Salaam to him will soften his heart and it is hoped that this would make him benefit from the advice, then it is more appropriate to say the Salaam to him.

In brief, this matter depends on the benefit.

Allah knows best.

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