Category: Etiquette, Morals and Heart-Softeners

Is it permissible to shake hands with the opposite gender, for business reasons, without any wrong intentions?

It is strictly impermissible, according to Islamic Law. Muslim men cannot shake hands with non-mahram women, and Muslim women cannot shake hands with non-mahram men. Their religion is irrelevant. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘Indeed, I do not shake hands with women…’ [Sunan Nasā’i – 4187] You cited business reasons with no wrong intentions,

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