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Ending salaah with Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullaah

Fatwaa ID: 1693


If the imaam completes the salah saying “salaamualaykum warahmatullah” instead of as-salamualikum warahmatullah, does it render the salah deficient?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We ought to perform our salaah in accordance to the sunnah. The sunnah wordings of the Salaam uttered to end the salaah is “As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa-Rahmatullaah”. If a person leaves out the ال in the beginning and says “Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa-Rahmatullaah” instead, his salaah will be valid but his action will be contrary to the sunnah.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

02/12/1445 AH – 08/29/2023 CE | AMG1-3399

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

درر الحكام شرح غرر الأحكام (1/79)
(ﻗﻮﻟﻪ ﻓﻴﻘﻮﻝ اﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ. . . ﺇﻟﺦ) ﻫﻮ اﻟﺴﻨﺔ ﻓﺈﻥ ﻗﺎﻝ اﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ ﺃﻭ ﺳﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ ﺃﻭ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ اﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﺃﺟﺰﺃﻩ ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﺗﺎﺭﻛﺎ ﻟﻠﺴﻨﺔ

الجوهرة النيرة على مختصر القدوري (1/56)
ﻓﺈﻥ ﻗﺎﻝ اﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ ﻭﻟﻢ ﻳﺰﺩ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﺃﺟﺰﺃﻩ ﻭﺇﻥ ﻗﺎﻝ اﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻭﻟﻢ ﻳﻘﻞ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ ﻟﻢ ﻳﺼﺮ ﺁﺗﻴﺎ ﺑﺎﻟﺴﻨﺔ ﻭﺇﻥ ﻗﺎﻝ ﺳﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ ﺃﻭ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ اﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻟﻢ ﻳﻜﻦ ﺁﺗﻴﺎ ﺑﻬﺎ ﻭﻳﻜﺮﻩ ﺫﻟﻚ


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