Women Shaking Hands With Male Strangers

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh / Friday, September 17th, 2010

Q 3. Muslim women living in Western countries have to shake hands with male strangers who sometimes visit their offices or schools. Similarly, there are occasions when Muslim men get into a no go situation when they have to shake hands with female strangers. In the event of a refusal to do so, the likelihood of harm coming from them is not that remote. Does the Shari‘ah of Islam permit a handshake in this situation?

A 3. Women shaking hands with male strangers and men shaking hands with female strangers is not permissible under any circumstances. This position is fully supported by clear statements in the noble Ahadith and all jurists concur on this being impermissible.

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