Boycotting Another Muslim | 8 | As sly as a fox …
by The Albaani Blog
Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
Questioner: If there was, O Shaikh, a man from the common folk who prays but who, in character, is as sly as a fox, such that whoever comes across him finds it difficult to deal with him … a specific dispute occurred between you and him in which he was at fault, he advocated/defended what was wrong. It was not a dispute over a fiqh issue, just something normal, so after the debate/dispute is over, you meet him in the street and say, ‘As-Salaamu alaikum,’ but he does not reply to you, so you stop greeting him with salaam, and you are happy that he did not reply to your salutation because in that you saw an end to his evil [i.e., you don’t have to deal with him anymore]. So is this action legislated [i.e., permissible] or do I have to be happy to give him salaam every time I meet him?
Al-Albaani: If you gave him salaam every time you met him, then that is better, and if you turned away from him, then that is permissible.
Questioner: Jazaakallaahu khair.
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 192.