It’s Sunnah to start with the Salaam even in text messages. Using shorthand is fine as mentioned by some scholars. However, it’s obligatory to respond whether face to face, shorthand and so on. 14 more words
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Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible – firstly – to initiate the greeting of salaam to a non-Muslim. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not initiate the greeting of salaam to a Jew or a Christian…” (Narrated by Muslim, 2167). 1,190 more words