The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ruling 1123

During prayers, one must not say salām [the Islamic greeting] to another person; and if someone says salām to him, he must reply but in the same way as the person said salām] to him; i.e. he must not add anything to the initial salām. For example, he must not reply ‘salām ʿalaykum wa raḥmatul lāhi wa barakātuh’ [‘peace be upon you, and Allah’s mercy and His blessing (be upon you too)’]. In fact, based on obligatory precaution, he must not say the words ‘ʿalaykum’ [‘upon you’ (plural form)] or ‘ʿalayk’ [‘upon you’ (singular form)] before the word ‘salām’ if the person who said salām did not say it in that way either. And the recommended precaution is that one’s response should be exactly the same as the salām said by the other person. For example, if he said ‘salām ʿalaykum’, he should reply ‘salām ʿalaykum’; and if he said ‘salām ʿalayk’, he should reply ‘salām ʿalayk’. However, in response to ‘ʿalaykum salām’, he can say ‘ʿalaykum salām’, or ‘assalām ʿalaykum’, or ‘salām ʿalaykum’.