How to respond to the Salam of a third person

Aishah (radi Allahu anha) said, The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to me, “This is Jibril (Gabriel) who is conveying you greetings of peace.” I responded: “Wa ‘Alaihis-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith affirms the excellence of Aishah (radi Allahu anha).

It also tells us how to respond to the Salam of a third person, that is, we should say, “Wa ‘Alaihis-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.”

And Allah knows best!

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