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4:86 And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet with a better (greeting)

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And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet with a better (greeting) than it or return it; surely Allah takes account of all things.

According to this ayah and the Sunnah of the Prophet
(SAW), if a Muslim greets his brother he should return the greeting equally
which is an obligation on him, but it is recommended to say a better greeting
e.g. if a Muslims greets his brother by saying, Assalam-o-Alaikum (Peace be
upon you), he should return the greeting equally by repeating the same words
or greet him with a better greeting and say, Assalam-o-Alaikum-waRahmatullahi (Peace and Blessings be upon you). As far as the non-Muslims
are concerned, the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) clearly indicates that a Muslim
should not initiate the greeting with them, but if they greet the Muslims, then
they should return the greeting politely and respectfully without adding
anything to it. And ā€œCertainly, Allah (SWT) is Ever a Careful Account Taker of all things.ā€
Allah (SWT) keeps count of all things.

References:

Ahmad, Israr. (2012). Bayan ul Quran4-An-Nisa.pdf (islamicweblibrary.com)

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