Answering the Phone with 'Hello'

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, "We have seen those who teach foreign languages to the Muslim youth (for example), instead of saying As Salaamu Alaikum, what does he say? 'Good-bye'. We ask Allah, As-Salaamah (that he frees us from this affliction)….Also on the public phones, when answering, what do people say? 'Hello'. La Ilaaha Illallah (used in astonishment). Where is the statement of As Salaamu Alaikum, which is from the Sunnah?! So when you answer the phone, say As Salaamu Alaikum, it is much better than the statement hello."

Refer to Sharh Usooli At-Tafsir pg. 209

Also, we have heard from our Sheikh Yahya Al-Hajooree, may Allah preserve him, many times in his lessons criticize answering the phone with the statement of hello.

Also, I have asked Sheikh Abu 'Amr Al-Hajooree, may Allah preserve him, in regards to answering the phone by hello, has hello now become an Arabic word? He replied, "No, it is not an Arabic word, and it is compulsory to leave such a statement."

This habit that the Muslims have taken upon themselves, has caused them to leave off the greetings of Salaam.

Compiled by: Abu Fajr Abdul Fattah Al Kanadi