An Abandoned Sunnah: Performing Tayammum to Return Salaam While Resident

August 29, 2012 § 2 Comments


It was reported from Abdur-Rahmaan bin Hurmuz, from Umair, the freed slave of Ibn Abbaas that he heard him saying, “I went with Abdullaah bin Yasaar, the freed-slave of Maimunah, the wife of the Prophet, to Abul-Juhaim bin Al-Haarith bin As-Simmah Al-Ansaari. Abul-Juhaim said, ‘The Messenger of Allaah came [to us once] from the direction of the well of Jamal. A man met him and gave him salaam, but the Messenger of Allaah did not return the salaam until he came to a wall and wiped his face and hands [i.e., performed tayammum]. Then he returned the salaam.’”

Authentic | Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawud, no. 329

In al-Muhalla, Ibn Hazm said, “And this, i.e., to perform dry-ablution [tayammum] to return salaam while one is resident, is a recommended [mustahab] action, and a group of the Salaf stated that.” Al-Muhalla, 2/156.

And Ibn Khuzaimah gave a chapter the title, ‘Chapter: The Recommendation to Perform Dry-Ablution [Tayammum] While Resident to Return the Greeting of Salaam Even if Water is Present.’ Saheeh Ibn Khuzaimah, 1/139.

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§ 2 Responses to An Abandoned Sunnah: Performing Tayammum to Return Salaam While Resident

  • Yasmine says:

    So when we are visiting a town in order to act on the Sunnah one must return salam after performing tayamum? Also could one explain how tayamun woukd be performed from a wall. Or what does it mean by wall? An actual wall?

  • Yasmine says:

    I have a question; when is it permissible to refer and quote from a scholar even though some of their opinions on certain issues is very deviant. As long as their aqeedah is correct? What would constitute as their aqeedah because for example ibn hazm has a flexible opinion on music. I believe he believed it was permissible. Sheikh Albani refers to him a lot. Ibn hazm was a muhaddith as well right? So why use some of his opinions when others are flawed? How would we distinguish was is false our not fit the common lay person as myself?

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