Hadeeth on christians and jews

Question ID: 25609

Assalamualaykum Respected Mufti,

Can you explain what is meant by the following Hadith:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not greet the Jews and the Christians before they greet you and when you meet any one of them on the roads force him to go to the narrowest part of it.

I think I have a misunderstanding of the hadith. If a muslim state exisited, how would this ruling apply? How does it apply to muslims in non muslim lands?

Jazakum Allah Khair

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Asked on November 25, 2009 12:00 am
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We will not allow anyone to harm or injure us and we will not harm anyone but show clearly that we are in control.

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Answered on November 25, 2009 12:00 am