Shaking Hands with Women Outside Your Immediate Family (non Mahram)


بسم اللــــه الرحمـــــــــن الرحيم

■ Shaking Hands with Women Outside Your Immediate Family (non Mahram) ■

📩 Question:

What is the ruling on a male shaking the hands of his female cousins and sisters-in-law?

📝 Answer:

This is from the actions that are forbidden within the religion.

The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘If one of you were to be impaled by an iron rod being placed through his head, this would be better for him than to touch a woman that is unlawful for him to touch. (Narrated by Ma’qil Ibn Yasaar in At-Tabaraani).

Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) also stated: ‘The hand of The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) never touched the hand of another woman (unlawful to him). And when the women would pledge allegiance to him, he would accept their pledge verbally; saying ‘You may depart, for I have certainly ratified your pledges’. Nay – I swear by Allah the hand of The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not touch the hand of a woman (unlawful to him) – ever’. This narration is in Al-Bukhari and Muslim. It was also narrated with similar wording by Umeemah Bint Raqeeqa in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad.

Bear in mind the fact that he (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a father-figure to his nation and despite this, he did not touch a single woman (unlawful to him).

The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘I warn you against entering female (gatherings)’. A man from The Ansar said: ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, how about the in laws?’. He replied (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): ‘The in law is death’.

Therefore, if entering a gathering of female cousins, sisters-in-law and uncle’s wives etc. is a sin, what about shaking their hands?

Surely, that is much worse.

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Translated by:

Abu Sufyaan Saami Al-Ghaani

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