Shaking hands with non-mahram women

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Q: We are living in Canada. Me and my son are worried about one situation. My son goes for job interviews and if there is a lady over there and she extends her hand, then my son has to shake her hand, otherwise my son feels ashamed to shake their hands. I ask you to please guide us to prevent handshaking with ladies.


A: It is not permissible for him to shake hands with non-mahram women. If they extend their hands, he should refrain from shaking their hands.

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 MuftiOnline.co.za, 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.