Musafahah (shaking hands), A means of forgiveness

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Is the following Hadith authentic?

Sayyiduna Al Bara’ ibn Al ‘Azib (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasululah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

No two Muslims meet each other and shake hands, except that Allah forgives them before they part.”


This Hadith is recorded in Sunan Tirmidhi (Hadith: 2727) and Sunan Abi Dawud (Hadith: 5211/5212).

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has graded the Hadith as sound (hasan).

Similar narrations have also been reported by Sayyiduna Hudhayfah ibnul Yaman, Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah and Sayyiduna Salman Al Farisi (radiyallahu ‘anhum) which support the narration in question.

(Refer: Targhib, vol. 3 pgs. 431-434)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar


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