Friday, 28 August 2015

ISLAMIC NOTES: The Etiquettes Of Handshaking In Islam

In The Name Of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Three types of reactions when you encounter or come across someone you know outside, whether at a mall, park, city or country you both are traveling to:

1. You spot each other, recognize each other then quickly look away or walk the other way, hoping your acquaintance did not see you or does not come up to you to start a conversation <- sign of a fake friend or "frenemy".

2. You see each other, remember that bad experience between you two which you arrogantly refuse to forget or forgive, and yet flagrantly walk past each other without a word or smile <- sign of a genuine enemy. A true Muslim who is loved and guided by Allah would be the first to say salaam in this case or at least give some sadaqa/charity by smiling for Allah's sake.

3. You identified each other and were really happy you both were at the same place, yet you simply exchanged smiles and friendly nods <- sign of friendship between shy people.

4. You notice and recognize one another, are pleasantly surprised to find each other in the same area, say the salaams and exchange hugs, handshakes or sincere greetings especially to follow the Sunnah tradition of the noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam in having good/exemplary manners <- sign of true friendship, brotherhood or sisterhood in Islam.

It was narrated that Allah's Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alahi wa sallam said, "No two Muslims who meet each other and shake hands but Allah will inshaAllah forgive both their wrongdoings before they part."
[Sunan Abu Dawud]

When a Muslim shakes hands with another Muslim after some time of not seeing each other, Allah will inshaAllah forgive them.
Note: males only shake hands with males, and females with females.
A female may shake hands with her mahram males such as her father, grandfather, husband, brothers and sons although it may be best if a Muslimah shook hands only with sisters in Islam. Allah the Almighty knows best.

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