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['Aalim Network QR] Hijab and shaking hands

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Salaamun  Alaykum

Please find below a question on hijab and shaking hands to which the reply was
kindly provided by Ma'alim Liyakatali Takim.


With Duas and Salaams

Maqbul Rahim
Acting Moderator for ABDG-A

I am a Muslimah  following the taqleed of Agha Seestani.

Q. I wear the hijab and a Muslim brother recently asked me this: 
If I were at a job interview, and the interviewer was a male and at the 
end, he extended his hand for me to shake, what would I do?
well, in the past I've just extended my hand too, and shook his hand  but 
now I'm not sure if that was correct. So what I want to know is what 
would be the correct action for me to take in such a situation, given of 
course that I don't have gloves on or near me?

Salaamun 'Alaykum;

It is haram to touch a person who is not mahram. As far as possible, one has
to observe this ruling without offending the opposite person. Many Muslim
women politely state that due to religious reasons, they do not shake hands
with people of the opposite gender.

See Islamic Laws of Ayatullah Seestani, pg. 450


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