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IhavesomequestionsregardinglivinginanonMuslimcountrylikeMauritius.
Asyouknowweareamultiracial,Multicultural,Multireligiouscountry,Alhumdulillahweare
abletoliveharmoniouslyandpeacefullyallofus.
My questions are as follows. Living together it happens very often that we say "Bonjour" to
our friends or sometimes our non Muslim friends would greet us Like we do As Salam
Alaikum, in such circumstances we have been told by (religious scholars, teachers,
maulanas) that when a non muslim makes salam to us we should not reply "Walaikum
Salam" is that true? Why? Is it a sin if we do? Me and my children find nothing wrong in
greetingbackwithwalaikumsalam,infactwedosay"maypeacebeuponyoutoo"inFrench
or English. We find it that this is the beauty of Islam and we must show our non Muslim
friendsthatwemeanwellforthemandprayforpeaceforthemtoo.

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TheMosqueisaplaceforworshipifthereisafuneralmanytimesnonMuslimscometothe
mosque and we provide a place outside the mosque or prayer hall for them but during a
NikahsometimesourmalefriendsattendtheNikahafterprayersandenterthemosquetosit
among the invitees and they do so respectfully. Is it allowed to perform Nikah in Mosque?
(Some people say that Nikah may not be performed in the Jamaat Khana but may be
performed only is Sahen.) Are Non Muslims allowed to sit in Mosque while Nikah is
performed? Are non Muslims allowed to visit Mosque when no prayers are being performed?
Manytouristsvisitmosquesherebutarenotallowedinside.
During some religious festivals our non Muslim friends share cakes with us like for Divali,
Chinese New Year, and Christmas, Easter etc we share Sewayan with them too for Eid, I
believe we should not eat from non muslims neither shud we share ours with them. Is that
right?SomeevensaythatweshouldnoteatfoodifitisprepaparedbynonMuslimsandwe
shouldnoteatatanonMuslimshouse?Canyouenlightenusplease?
Response:
I quite agree with you that there is nothing wrong n saying Assalamo Alaikum to non
Muslims.Infact,that'showwehavebeentaughttogreeteachother.Thereasonwhysome
Maulanassaythatweshouldn'tsoittothenonMuslimsisthattheythinkhadithhasstopped
usfromdoingso.Thefactofthematteristhattheincidentsmentionedinthehaditharethe
ones which belong to two categories: They had either to do with someone who greeted the
prophet, alaihissalaam, in a manner that was, instead of a prayer, more likely to be an
expression of curse. Even then the prophet didn't curse him back. Instead, he just said
wa'alaikum, which means that the same should be on you! The other possibility when salam
was required not to be offered is of instances when the disbelievers about whom God had
declared, after they had demonstrated their insistence on rejecting His true message, that
their possibility of getting guided was nonexistent. Of course, we cannot claim that we have
conveyedthemessageofGodtoallnonMuslimsproperlynorcanweclaimaboutanyoneof
themthathe/sheisrejectingitdespiteknowingittobetrue.Weshouldthereforesaysalam
toallnonMuslimswheneverwegettheopportunityofgreetingthem.
TogetnikahdoneinaMasjidisnotjustalloweditispreferred.NonMuslimsareallowedto
enter the Masjid. The prophet, alaihissalaam, allowed some Christians to do their worship
insidetheMasjideNabvi.TheonlypersonwhoshouldnotentertheMasjidistheonewhoare
physicallyimpure:themenandwomenwhoareinastatewhichrequiresthemtotakeabath
forthemtogetpurifiedforprayers.
There is no harm in eating the food of nonMuslims provided it is halal food. Likewise, one
caninvitenonMuslimstocometoone'shometohavemeals.
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