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f:263 -    Salaam of 1 person for many
Country : New Zealand,
Name : Abdullah
Question:     Assalamalaikum wa Rahmatullah! I have a question about Salaam.  If a person greets a whole assembly with Salaam, then does it become Wajib on the whole assembly to individually reply to it or is it enough even if one person returns the Salaam?


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Answer:     If a person greets a whole assembly with Salaam, then even if one person returns it, it is enough from the behalf of the whole assembly.  As given in Zujajatul Masabeeh, Vol. 4, Pg No. 9, Kitabul Aadaab on the authority of Sunan Abu Dawood and Imam Baihaqui's Sh'uab Ul Imaan:

Translation:  It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat 'Ali bin Abi Talib (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said that When an assembly passes, then the Salaam of any one is enough on the behalf of the whole assembly and it is enough for those who are sitting, that any one person returns it.  (Sunan Abu Dawood, Hadith No: 5212; Shu'ab Ul Iman, Hadith No: 8922).  As given in Fatawa A'alamgiri, Vol. 5, Pg No. 325.

And Allah The Mighty and The Majestic knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
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