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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Aslkum., I have a Question regarding salam
in India there is a retual of raising there
right hand and saying salam and if u are
greeting an elder person then u are suppose
to go closer and bowdown .. Will this act of
greeting count as shirk ?

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
is His slave and Messenger.

It is not legislated to bow down when
greeting someone even if he is an old
person, and it is forbidden to do so if
bowing is in the same manner as
Ruku’ (bowing in the prayer). If a person
does this as a way of glorifying the person
(to whom he bows down) in the same way he
glorifies the Creator (Allah), then this is an
act of disbelief. Therefore, you are obliged to
avoid doing this in any case, and the best
guidance is that of the Prophet .

On the other hand, raising the hand, while
greeting a person with Salaam, is
permissible. It is reported that the Prophet
passed by a group of women who were
sitting in the mosque and he raised his hand
[towards them while] greeting them with
Salaam. [Ahmad and At-Tirmithi]. This means
that he combined between greeting with
Salaam and raising the hand, as stated by the

Allah Knows best.


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