Abu Umamah on Peace: Initiating greetings of peace to non-Musims

‘Urwah ibn Ruwaym reported: I saw Abu Umamah al-Bahili, may Allah be pleased with him, greet with peace whomever he would meet among the Muslims and non-Muslim citizens and he would say, “This is the greeting for the people of our religion, an assurance of security for the people of our covenant, and the name among the names of Allah that we spread between us.”

Ibn Abdul Barr said, “It is narrated from Ibn Mas’ud, Abu Darda, and Fadalah ibn ‘Ubayd that they would initiate the greeting of peace with non-Muslim citizens. Ibn Mas’ud once wrote to a man among the people of the Book and he said: Peace be upon you.”

Source: al-Tamhīd 17/91

عَنْ عُرْوَةَ بْنِ رُوَيْمٍ قَالَ رَأَيْتُ أَبَا أُمَامَةَ الْبَاهِلِيَّ رضي الله عنه يُسَلِّمُ عَلَى كُلِّ مَنْ لَقِيَ مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ وَذِمِّيٍّ وَيَقُولُ هِيَ تَحِيَّةٌ لِأَهْلِ مِلَّتِنَا وَأَمَانٌ لِأَهْلِ ذِمَّتِنَا وَاسْمٌ مِنْ أَسْمَاءِ اللَّهِ نُفْشِيهِ بَيْنَنَا

قال ابن عبد البر وَرُوِيَ عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ وَأَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ وَفَضَالَةَ بْنِ عُبَيْدٍ أَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا يَبْدَءُونَ أَهْلَ الذِّمَّةِ بِالسَّلَامِ وَعَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ أَنَّهُ كَتَبَ إِلَى رَجُلٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ

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