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Shaking hands with non-Muslims

Fatwaa ID: 1141

Question:
Assalamualaikum, since nonmuslim women are non-mahram and we should observe hijab in front of them, is it haram to shake their hands?

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

It is permissible for a Muslim woman to shake the hands of a non-Muslim woman. There is no prohibition in that. The laws of hijaab being applicable between them however is due to other factors. The principles of both rulings are not based on each other.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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