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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