Category: Character & Morals
Fatwa#: 13904
Asked Country: Canada

Answered Date: Feb 09,2006

Title: Is it correct in saying ‘salaam u alaikum’ instead of ‘asslaam u alaikum’.

Question

Is it correct in saying ‘salaam u alaikum’ instead of ‘asslaam u alaikum’.

Answer

The Islamic greeting, ‘Assalaamu alaykum’ is a salient feature in Islam. It is through this very greeting that people identify each other as Muslims and followers of the same faith. Salaam is the sunnah of Nabi [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] and it is a gift granted to this Muslim Ummah.

Since this ‘Salaam’ is such a salient feature in Islam, utmost importance should be given to the correct pronunciation of this greeting, i.e. Assalaamu Alaykum. Allamah Nawawi [ra] mentions, ‘The least a person should do is say ‘Assalaamu alaykum’. If he just says ‘salaamu alaykum’ also it will be permisible, however, to say ‘Assalaamu alaykum’ is more rewarding.’ (Minhaaj vol.14 pg.365)

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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