Pearl of Wisdom

was once asked regarding someone who performs a good deed, and is consequently praised by people on account of it, to which he replied, 'That [praise] is the advance glad tidings for the believer.?

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
Sahih Muslim, v. 4, p. 2034, no. 166

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Question : #433 Category: Interfaith Dialogue
Subject: counter arguments
Question: What is the ruling on saying salam or replying to it with respect to the People of the Book, or others amongst the unbelievers?

Is it allowed to congratulate them on some of their special occasions like Christmas and the like?
Answer: There is no objection to commencing with salam to them, it is our duty to represent the positive attributes of our religion.

Their salam should be replied by saying alayk.

There is no objection to congratulating them on special occasions.

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