Initiating Salam with non-Muslims

Q 30: Is it permissible to initiate Salam (the islamic greeting of peace) with non-Muslims, especially when they are persons of rank, such as university professors?

A: It is not permissible for a Muslim to initiate Salam with non-Muslims even if they are persons in authority. This is based on the general prohibition stated in the Hadith related in this regard, such as the following Hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Do not start saying Salam to the Jews and the Christians." (Related by Muslim) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.