When two Muslim brothers meet each other, they exchange Islamic greetings (says Salam to each other). This is done verbally. My question is regarding non-verbal communication. Like when we chat, write e-mails to each other or ask public questions on a forum. When I say writing, it can refer to writing with a pen on paper or using keyboard to type on a computer.

So what is the ruling in this case, should we say Salam? Many of you may say it is advisable to do so. What was the practice of the Sahabas? Does anybody have a genuine and authentic information on this matter?

  • Most of the people at Prophet's time didnt know how to read or write. The Arabs of that time were an oral society famous for their memory. Also plz note that Islam emphasizes "niyah/intention" for each action. Inshallah those who say/write/type salam and those who return it will both be benefited. Also returning the salam is wajib as per a Hadith.
    – Ahmed
    Jul 1, 2017 at 19:08

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Yes, you should say Salam regardless. The Prophet (PBUH) when he used to send letter to the kings inviting them to Islam, he would include greetings in the letters. Here is an example: (This letter was sent to Heraclius the king of Byzantium)

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ . مِنْ مُحَمَّدٍ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ إِلَى هِرَقْلَ عَظِيمِ الرُّومِ . سَلَامٌ عَلَى مَنْ اتَّبَعَ الْهُدَى . أَمَّا بَعْدُ ؛ فَإِنِّي أَدْعُوكَ بِدِعَايَةِ الإِسْلامِ ، أَسْلِمْ تَسْلَمْ يُؤْتِكَ اللَّهُ أَجْرَكَ مَرَّتَيْنِ ، فَإِنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ فَإِنَّ عَلَيْكَ إِثْمَ الأَرِيسِيِّينَ (أي أتباعه ورعاياه الذين يتابعونه على الكفر) . وَ [ يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ تَعَالَوْا إِلَى كَلِمَةٍ سَوَاءٍ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمْ أَنْ لا نَعْبُدَ إِلا اللَّهَ وَلا نُشْرِكَ بِهِ شَيْئًا وَلا يَتَّخِذَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا أَرْبَابًا مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ فَإِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَقُولُوا اشْهَدُوا بِأَنَّا مُسْلِمُونَ ]

“In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. From Muhammad the slave and Messenger of Allaah to Heraclius the ruler of Byzantium. Peace be upon those who follow true guidance. I call you with the call of Islam. Become Muslim and you will be safe, and Allaah will grant you a two-fold reward, but if you turn away, upon you will be the sins of the Areesiyyeen (peasants i.e., his followers and subjects who would follow him in kufr).

‘Say (O Muhammad): “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allaah (Alone), and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allaah. Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims”’


  • "Peace be upon those who follow true guidance", The statement clearly refers to the believers. And it is more of a statement than a greeting. Also you started your reply with "Bismillah". Ok I will ask another question for that.. :)
    – 0aslam0
    Mar 7, 2016 at 12:46

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