How to Answer Greetings (Salaam) When Someone Is Praying (Salat)? Read This!

How to Answer Greetings (Salaam) When Someone Is Praying (Salat)? ~ Hi all readers! There are two articles in several previous discussions that explain how to signal when we are praying. The signal is intended to tell someone that we are praying or to allow him to enter the house. In this article, I will explain how to answer greetings sent by someone to us when we are praying.

As always, before I explain answer greetings (Salaam) during prayer (salat) further, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About Answer Greetings (Salaam) During Prayer (Salat)

The hadith about answer greetings (Salaam) during prayer (salat) that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ ابْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ ؛ قُلْتُ لِبِلَالٍ كَيْفَ رَأَيْتَ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَرُدُّ عَلَيْهِمْ حِيْنَ يُسَلِّمُوْنَ عَلَيْهِ وَهُوَ يُصَلِّي ؟ قَالَ ؛ يَقُوْلُ هَكَذَا وَبَسَطَ كَفَّهُ . أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ وَالتِّرْمِذِيُّ

From Ibn Umar radliyallaahu anhumaa, he said, “I once asked Bilal, how did you see the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam answer them when they said the greeting to him, even though he was praying?” He (Bilal) said, “He say like this and he spreads the palm of his hand.” The hadith is narrated by Abu Daud and at-Tirmidhi.

There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;

One; We may say greetings to people who are praying.

Two; The hadith explains that the Prophet Muhammad put the inside of the palm lower and the outside of the palm up to answer the greeting sentence.

Three; People who say the greetings to the Prophet Muhammad are people from the Ansar group.

Four; The above hadith explains the efforts of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad to know what was done by him, that related to the way he answered greetings when he was praying.

Five; The above method is one of the ways we can use to signal when we are praying.

That is a brief explanation about answer greetings (Salaam) when someone is praying (salat)? Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation that I have explained is very clear. So, I hope you understand. But if you have questions, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!


The explanation above I found in, Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and ‘Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut, Vol. I, p.239-240.


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