400 – It is narrated from the words of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“When one of you comes to the meeting, let him greet (those present), and if he wants to sit down, let him sit down. Then, when he wants to leave, let him give salutation[1], for the first (greeting) is no more obligatory than the second.”

«إذا انتهى أحدكم إلى المجلس فليسلم فإن بدا له أن يجلس فليجلس ثم إذا قام فليسلم فليست الأولى أحق من الآخرة»
(حم د ت حب ك) عن أبي هريرة.

This hadith was narrated by Ahmad 2/230, Ibn Hibban 494, Abu Dawud 5208, al-Nasai in Sunan al-Kubra 10201 and at-Tirmidhi 2706, who said: “A good hadith,”

Sheikh al-Albani called the hadith authentic. See Sahih al-jami ‘as-saghir 400, Silsila al-sahiha 183.

[1] – In other words, let in both cases say the words “Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh” / Peace be upon you, the mercy of Allah and His blessings /.

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