Shaking Hands with the Opposite Gender

Q: What is the ruling on shaking hands with the opposite gender?

A: It is recommended for men to shake the hands of other men and for women to shake the hands of other women. Shaking hands in such a manner when greeting is a means to expiate sin.

It is impermissible for a man to shake hands with a young lady. It is permissible, however, to shake hands with an elderly woman.

It was narrated (as a second narration) that Imam Ahmad disliked shaking the hands of women to the extent that he included that of the mahram (for whom there are details involved). He made exceptions for a father shaking the hand of his daughter(s), taking the hand of an elderly woman, or that of an unattractive woman.

Source: Kashshaf al-Qina', Ghayat al-Muntaha

#handshake #shakinghands

149 views1 comment

Recent Posts

See All

Gifting Reward to the Deceased

Q: Can I gift the reward of reciting the Qur'an to a deceased relative? A: Any act of piety that is performed by a Muslim and then dedicated, either wholly or partially, to another Muslim, living or d

How long can I let my beard grow?

Q: How long can I let my beard grow? A: “It is recommended to let the beard grow without removing any of it... 'so long as it's lengthiness is not unpleasant'. It is impermissible to shave it but not

©2018 by