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Shaking hands with males and females

Question:
 

Is it Haraam for a man to shake a woman’s hand and vice versa except if it is her immediate family member?
 

Answer:
 

Yes. It is prohbited. Sayyidatuna Aa’ishah (Radiyallahu Anha) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had never shaken hands with a non-Mahram female ever. (Bulooghul Maraam).

When it comes to opposite genders, a female is only permitted to shake the hands of her Mahram male relatives and her husband. Similarly, a male is only permitted to shake the hands of his Mahram female relatives and his wife.
 

And Allah knows best
 

Suhail Tarmahomed (Mufti)

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Fatwa Department

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