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Public display of affection

Fatwaa ID: 1897

Assalamu Alaikum wrwb Mufti Sahab. A girl who got married wanted to know the adaab of interaction of husband and wife in public. She says her husband doesn’t sit next to her or hold hands or even walk beside her when they are out for shopping or picnic as he says he is practicing haya in public and Islamically they aren’t supposed to interact much in public.
Can you please shed some light on this Mufti Sahab? JazakAllah khair

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala fill their marriage with love, happiness and affection.

Shari’ah has emphasized the importance of hayaa/modesty. Provocative and/or intimate public display of affection is blameworthy and contrary to hayaa. As for sitting next to one’s spouse or walking besides them, there is no problem with that at all. Doing so is not contrary to hayaa. Rather, ghayrah demands that he walks with her to ensure her well-being. His understanding of hayaa is flawed. In regards to casually holding hands, that too is permissible. It is not regarded as intimate or provocative. However, if one is in a society or place where it is deemed such, then it would be better to avoid. This however is not the case in post places in the world today.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

04/26/1445 AH – 11/10/2023 CE | AML1-8498

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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