About the Taslim in the maliki school – Shaykh Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali


Could you explain in the simplest way how to give taslim as the imam , follower, and the one praying alone ?


In the school of Malik, the Imam gives taslim to his right only by saying, ‘As-Salamu ‘alaykum.’ The one following is to give one salam to his/her right, one in the direction of the Imam, and a third to the person on his/her left if there is someone there. Otherwise he/she is to give only the first two salams.


This is based on of the hadith reported by Abu Dawud that Abu Hurayra said that Allah’s messenger-may Allah grant him mercy and peace-said,

“We have been ordered to give salam to the Imam, and to give salam to one another.”

Another proof is that some Companions, like ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar, would end the prayer in this way as reported by Imam Malik in his Muwatta.

As for the hadiths stating that the Prophet-may Allah grant him mercy and peace-gave only one salam, according to Shaykh Ahmad b. Siddiq (Masalik Al-Dilala), most of them are weak. But support for the one salam can also be taken from the sahih hadith,

“Its introduction is the takbir (Allah Akbar), and its dissolution is the Taslim (As-Salamu ‘alaykum).”

The fact that he said, “The Taslim,” is proof of the permissibility of one taslim. Were one to say, ‘he means two salams,’ then we’d say ‘then he means two takbirs’ when he says ‘the takbir.’ But none accept that to be a valid interpretation. So it is established that one taslim has hadith support.

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