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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Is it mustahhab to say "assalam
alaikum" aloud when one enters the
hall in the masjid where people are
praying ? And if it is should a person
who enters the hall say "assalam
alaikum" aloud even if the Jamaah
for the salaah has begun and it
might disturb the khushoo of the
jamaah ? I am asking this question
since few of our brothers say
"assalam alaikum" aloud even when
the imam is reciting in the loud


Praise be to Allaah.
The majority of scholars are of the
view that it is permissible to say
salaam to the one who is praying if
that will not lead to spoiling of the
prayer of one who is unaware of the
things that invalidate the prayer,
because he may think that it is
obligatory to return the salaams
verbally, so he will reply and thus
invalidate his prayer. The Hanafis
are of the view that it is makrooh.
It says in Tabyeen al-Haqaa’iq: It is
makrooh to say salaam to one who
is praying, reading Qur’aan, sitting
to pass judgement, researching a
fiqhi matter or is relieving hismelf,
and if one does say salaams to
them, it is not obligatory for them
to respond, because it is
inappropriate. End quote.
In Sharh al-Kharashi ‘ala Mukhtasar
Khaleel (a Maaliki book) (1/325) it
says: It is not makrooh to say
salaams to one who is praying
either an obligatory or a naafil
prayer. End quote.
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy
on him) said in al-Majmoo’ (a
Shaafa’i book) (4/105): The words of
our companions suggest that it is
not makrooh to say salaam to one
who is praying. This is what is
suggested by the saheeh ahaadeeth.
End quote.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen
said in Liqa’ al-Baab il-Maftooh
(24/31): Saying salaams to one who
is praying is permissible because the
Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) did not criticize
those who greeted him with salaam.
But if the Muslim fears that he may
confuse the worshipper, then he
should not say salaams, or if he
fears that he may talk and reply –
i.e., because most of the common
folk do not understand so if you say
salaam to them they may reply Wa
‘alayka al-salaam, thus invalidating
their prayer – if he knows that the
prayer will be invalidated thereby.
Whatever the case, we say that
saying salaams to one who is
praying is not wrong, because the
Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) approved of it,
unless there is the fear that the
person who is greeted may be
confused or his prayer may be
invalidated, in which case one
should not say salaams.
But how should he respond? He
should not respond verbally by
saying ‘Alayka al-salaam, rather he
should respond by means of a
gesture, by raising his hand so that
the one who greeted him will know
that he has returned the greeting.
Then if the one who greeted him is
still there when he has said the
salaam and finished his prayer, he
may respond verbally, but if the
person has left, then the one who
was greeted does not have to do
anything more than what was
mentioned, namely gesturing. The
apparent meaning of the text is
that returning the greeting is
obligatory but he is excused from
speaking because it invalidates the
prayer. End quote.
There is nothing wrong with saying
salaam to one who is praying, but if
it is going to disturb the
worshippers, such as saying salaam
when the imam is reciting, then one
should not say salaam.
And Allaah knows best.


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