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I am from India and am working in MNC software company. Over here all employees, mostly non-Muslims, wish each other with "Good morning" and "Good night". And during special festival with "Happy Holi", "Happy Diwali" etc.

So, is this allowed in Islam? Can we wish them during ordinary days and during festivals?

Are there any alternatives to wishing them with "Good morning" and "Good night"?


Thanks Everyone, i got answer for secular greetings (good morning), that we can wish them,

but can we wish religious greetings (happy diwali , happy holi,...) ?

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Although you only stated that you're working in an Indian company. I assumed you meant to ask about the permissibility of wishing non-Muslims. If not, then feel free to remove it and clarify what you exactly mean. – Bleeding Fingers Mar 26 '14 at 17:45
Do you want to split this into two questions: religious greetings (happy diwali) and secular greetings (good morning) – Pureferret Mar 26 '14 at 18:41
@Pureferret: Yes, it would be great if you give detail for both. i have doubt for religious greetings (happy diwali), can we wish? – Viruss mca Mar 27 '14 at 3:54
What I'm suggesting is that you ask a new, separate question about religious greetings. – Pureferret Mar 27 '14 at 9:00
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Islam means humanity, morality and goodness towards others.

During the Prophet's time a Jew used to throw his wastes on the Prophet door and on his path. In spite of that when the Jew got sick, the Prophet went to visit him at his home. And this is how we should be.

So it's a good thing to make good wishes for others even though if they are not Muslim. Moreover, you should be so, because this is what Allah asked us to be like.

Note: The only thing that you shouldn't wish a non-Muslims with is Salam Alaykum which is an Islamic greeting. This the only greeting that should be used for Muslims, but in general you can and you should be nice to others.

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thanks for replay , so there is no problem in wishing them.. – Viruss mca Mar 26 '14 at 9:15
You are Welcome.. Absolutely there is no problem, but don't use Alsalam AAlaykum – Maythux Mar 26 '14 at 9:22
i have still doubt for religious greetings (happy diwali), can we wish them , because this is belongs to their gods... so can we wish it? – Viruss mca Mar 27 '14 at 3:56

There is nothing wrong with this - being cordial to others (even non-Muslims), respect and well treatment of guests are all qualities of a good Muslim.

In case you are wondering if this is a language thing; it is not. At my office we often greet each other with the Arabic equivalent of good morning.

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Hi, thanks for replay, can you tell me Arabic equivalent of good morning ? – Viruss mca Mar 26 '14 at 9:13
@Virussmca good morning = sabah alkheir. Listen how to say it – Maythux Mar 26 '14 at 11:00

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