Shaking the hands of na mahrams

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Q: It is obviously haraam to violate the hijab, in terms of both, appearance and attitude and actions. I know for example, speaking about private things to the opposite gender is haraam. What if one shakes the hand of the opposite gender whom he/she is completely un-attracted to? Is there still sin in this?


A: It is impermissible to shake the hand of any na mahram irrespective of whether one is attracted towards her or not.

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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