Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ruling on shaking hands with the opposite sex (re-post)

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 Ruling on shaking hands with the opposite sex

Is it allowable for a muslim woman to greet a muslim man by shaking hands?
Published Date: 1998-06-30

Praise be to Allaah.
For a man to shake hands with a non-mahram woman (one to whom he is not related) is haraam and is not permitted at all. Among the evidence for this is the hadeeth of Ma’qal ibn Yassaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘If one of you were to be struck in the head with an iron needle, it would be better for him than if he were to touch a woman he is not allowed to.” (Reported by al-Tabaraani; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5045).