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Ruling on initiating the salaam when speaking on the telephone

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Publication : 23-09-2002

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Question

What is the ruling on saying salaam to a person to whom you are speaking on the phone, when you do not know whether he is a Muslim or not?.

Answer

Praise be to Allaah.

The ruling is the same as when meeting him in person. If you know that he is a kaafir, then do not initiate the greeting. But if you do not know, there is nothing wrong with that. 

And Allaah is the Source of strength. 

Source: Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li’l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/286

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