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  • Wolfn
    started a topic How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Assalaam Alikum.

    Let's say you're shopping at the local store for groceries. Suddenly, you see a man who you think is Muslim, but you're not sure. For example, he doesn't have a Sunnah beard or he's wearing shorts or something.

    How would you tell if he's Muslim?




    The reason I ask this is because at my store, I occasionally get a customer who I think is Muslim, but I'm afraid to say "Salaam" to them in fear that they are not Muslim or something. At my old job at a grocery store (about a month or two after I converted to Islam), I had a group of guys come in to buy some groceries. They had Sunnah beards and baggy clothing, and I desperately wanted to say "Assalaam Alikum" to them, but I was scared to because I wasn't sure if they were Muslim or not.




    So, how would you find out if a guy is Muslim or not? With girls, it's easy because they would be wearing hijab. But with men it's a little tricky because most don't have beards or anything.

  • Mister Fundie
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Originally posted by IbnulQayyim View Post
    yelll jihad when the customers approaching

    if they reply back with "TAkbeer ...ALLAHU Akbar"
    then salam 'em
    genius! :rotfl:

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  • sis_on_sunnah
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    assalamu alaykum,

    even when im wearing full hijaab, abaya i have been asked if i am a Muslim

    I'd say if you think they look muslim, ie, they have the noor of eeman on their face then try giving salaam.

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  • DZF
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Originally posted by noobz View Post
    and what bout all the other customers that start screaming and wetting their pants? ...:rofl1::rofl1:
    "Clean up on isle 3..."

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  • noobz
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Originally posted by IbnulQayyim View Post
    i dont noe but when i was in chicago in a mall. I was in sunnah clothing and topi and i was walking pass this black guy with his wife girlfriend or his sister( i doubt his sis tho) and i go pass them and he suddenly says salam alaykum.
    i go like :O literally and then I smmile back and nod and say the salam.

    he was wearing: baggy jeans braided hair and all 'strait up G' if u noe what i mean and i think i better not go in detaill abt the lady.
    u had a good look at them

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  • noobz
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Originally posted by IbnulQayyim View Post
    yelll jihad when the customers approaching

    if they reply back with "TAkbeer ...ALLAHU Akbar"
    then salam 'em

    otherwise lol..haha
    and what bout all the other customers that start screaming and wetting their pants? ...:rofl1::rofl1:

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  • IbnulQayyim
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    yelll jihad when the customers approaching

    if they reply back with "TAkbeer ...ALLAHU Akbar"
    then salam 'em

    otherwise lol..haha

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  • IbnulQayyim
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    i dont noe but when i was in chicago in a mall. I was in sunnah clothing and topi and i was walking pass this black guy with his wife girlfriend or his sister( i doubt his sis tho) and i go pass them and he suddenly says salam alaykum.
    i go like :O literally and then I smmile back and nod and say the salam.

    he was wearing: baggy jeans braided hair and all 'strait up G' if u noe what i mean and i think i better not go in detaill abt the lady.

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  • DZF
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Originally posted by Wolfn View Post
    I'm wondering if I could sneeze in front of the customer and then say "Alhumdilallah"
    LOL


    Classic approach to a tough situation!

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  • Wolfn
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    I'm wondering if I could sneeze in front of the customer and then say "Alhumdilallah"

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  • DZF
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Salam,

    Just a couple suggestions... instead of saying "salam alaikum" (which, btw, i'm not implying is ever a bad thing - it's a greeting of peace!) and risking them look at you strange and curious as to if your crazy... be more casual about the matter when you speak to them. Have a light voice, and a smile, or, at the very least, a curious gesture. Instead of making them feel awkward by asking "are you a muslim?!?!" you could say "hey guy, i've been wonderin', are you a Muslim brother?" and in doing so, it establishes you are a believer as well, and have been thinking about them.

    Or, as uncle umar had mentioned above - chat them up for a minute.

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  • uncle umar
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    i just ask. somtimes, they are, somtimes they arent. i can usualy tel lwhen the look at me and they look like they want to say somthingbut thy hold back. i usualy start by asking where they are from, then asking if they are muslim. and if they are, i say my salam, and invite them to come pray in th jammat.

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  • noobz
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    well this might not be correct. But just say bismillah b4 u start making the bill. Maybe he will give the salam first then :)

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  • noobz
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Originally posted by zaidfp View Post
    Just say salaam

    What's the worse that can happen?
    :boom::boom::boom::bang::bang:

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  • Wolfn
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    Re: How to tell if a person is Muslim?

    Originally posted by zaidfp View Post
    Just say salaam

    What's the worse that can happen?

    Well, I really don't want to bring up religion with customers at my job. I don't want to risk getting fired

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