The Office of the Supreme Leader

Manner of replying to others’ greetings when engaged in prayer

Q: Assuming someone has greeted you whilst you are in prayer, ought one to reply in eloquent Arabic? Or may one just say salāmun alaykum? Assuming one just greets you with salām, may one respond by merely saying salām, too?

A: Assuming someone greets you whilst you are in prayer – albeit wrongly, but qualifiable as a salām according to laity – you must reply with salāmun alaykum in a manner deemed accurate by natives.

 

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