Making muaanaqah and embracing someone

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Q: When meeting someone after a long time is it sunnat to embrace / hug one another? Is the sunnat for ones head to go towards the right hand side, what other Sunnats have been mentioned regarding the embrace with regards to hand positions etc?


A: After meeting someone after a long time, making muaanaqah is established in the Hadith. One may make muaanaqah towards the right side or left side. However three times muaanaqah is not established.

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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