Pearl of Wisdom

was once asked about gypsum that is burnt along with dried excrement and bone ash, and then used to plaster a mosque, and whether prostration on such plaster is allowed. He replied, 'Verily water and fire [from kilning process] have purified it.'

Imam Musa ibn Jafar al-Kadhim [as]
al-Kafi, v. 3, p. 330, no. 3

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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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