f:421 - Returning Salaam sent through e-mail or fax
| Country : Hyderabad, India, |
Name : Muhammad Muhsin Ali Baig
|Question: In the olden days, people would correspond with each other using letters, etc. Nowadays, we send messages through e-mail, fax, etc. and the message reaches the addressee the very next moment. My question is about the Salaam sent through e-mail, fax, etc. Is it fine if we reply to it verbally or is it necessary that we should send the return greeting back in the way that we got it?|
|Answer: To greet someone with Salaam is a Sunnah and returning it is Compulsory (Wajib), regardless or whether the Salaam is received directly, through someone or through a letter, e-mail, fax, etc. In all these cases, returning the greeting is Compulsory (Wajib).|
However, it is left to us whether we reply to it verbally or we send the return greeting back through the letter, e-mail, fax, etc. It is not necessary that we should reply to it in the same manner as we received the greeting. As given in Radd Ul Muhtaar, Vol. 5, Pg. No. 494.
Translation: It is Compulsory to reply to the Salaam written in a letter, as the written words of someone not present is like the talk of someone who is present.
Usually, people are not careful about this. When somebody sends a Salaam through a letter to you and you receive the letter, then replying to it is necessary, whether it is verbally or through a letter.
And Allah Most High knows best.
Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]