Old man patting a young girl on the head

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Q: Is it permissible for an old person around 70 years to pat on the head out of affection a girl 25 years of age on the head.


A: If she is a na mahram to him he should refrain from this. Apart from the hands till the wrists the entire body of a woman as well as her hair forms part of the satar of a woman. Hence it is impermissible for a na mahram man to touch the body of a na mahram woman.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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