The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ruling 1130

It is not obligatory to reply to a salām that is said mockingly or jokingly, nor to the salām of a non-Muslim man or woman who is not a dhimmī.40 And if the person is a dhimmī, then based on obligatory precaution the answer must be restricted to the word ‘ʿalayk’.

40 Dhimmīs are People of the Book (ahl al‑kitāb) – i.e. Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians– who have entered into a dhimmah treaty, i.e. an agreement that gives them rights as protected subjects in an Islamic state.