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Benefit: The Salams Are before the Question

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

On the authority of Ibn ʿUmar (may Allāh be pleased with him), the Prophet (Ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: "The salams are before the question, so if someone begins talking to you asking a question before giving salams, then do not answer him." Collected by Ibn al-Najjār.  Al-Ṣuyutī listed it is al-Jāmiʿ al-Saghīr.  Al-Albānī said "ḥasan" in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmiʿ (#3699).

Al-Munāwī (d.1031) said in explanation of the ḥadīth "Al-Salām Qabl al-Kalām" (the ḥadīth before it in al-Jāmiʿ al-Saghīr):

"...due to the great benefits found in the salams that have been mentioned, it is incumbent that it is the first thing a person hears, and the first thing someone being addressed verbally or in writing comes across. It will reach a person's soul and settle into it in a great way, thus being the most effective way of conveying one's intended message with his verbal or written address. Thus, it has been legislated for the when people come together, when they write to each other, and other related times, like when they part from each other..." Faydh al-Qadīr (4/150).

And Allāh knows best.

Translated by: Mūsá Richardson

Tags: Mūsá Richardson, Manners

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