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The Adaab of Musaafahah (hand shaking)

The Adaab of Musaafahah (hand shaking)


1. Do not shake hands (musaafahah)with a person when his hands are involved in such an act or activity which necessitates him emptying his hands. On such occasions, Salaam is adequate. Similarly, when someone (e.g. the leader in a gathering or the Ustaadh or the Shaikh) is engaged in something (e.g. giving a talk), then do not remain standing in expectation of obtaining consent for sitting. Merely be seated.

2. If someone is hurrying along the road, do not stop him for hand-shaking. Such a person should not be stopped and engaged in conversation.You may be holding him up from something important.

3. When arriving in a gathering do not make musaafahah with everyone present. Make musaafahah with only the person whom you intend to see.

4. Some people are under the impression that mere handshaking is sufficient for restoring the peace between two antagonists or persons who have quarrelled.

While the malice remains in the hearts musaafahah is of no benefit. Firstly, clear the air by solving the dispute. Thereafter, make musaafahah.

5. Musaafahah should be made on arrival and on departure.

6. When making musaafahah, the hands should not contain anything. Some people holding money in their hands make musaafahah. In this way they present a gift. This is improper. Musaafahah is a Sunnat act which is an Ibaadat. It should not be corrupted with a worldly deed.

7. Do not wait in expectation of musaafahah. Do not wish that people come forward to shake your hands.

8. The Sunnat method of musaafahah is only to shake hands. In some places there is the custom of kissing the hands after making musaafahah. This practice should be discontinued.

Nowadays external etiquettes of respect are regarded to be service. True service is to ensure the comfort of the one whose service is intended even if one has to undergo inconvenience and difficulty in the process. This is the meaning of muhabbat (love). the Sahaabah practically demonstrated this.

9. When making musaafahah, take into consideration the pleasure and the comfort of the one with whom you intend to make Musaafahah. Refrain from adopting a method which will displease and inconvenience him.

10. Making musaafahah after Salaat (as in the practice in some places) is bid'ah.

11. Do not make musaafahah with one who is engrossed in some work. Just as there are rules for Salaam so are there rules for musaafahah. According to the Hadith musaafahah is the completion of Salaam.

12. In some places while making musaafahah the thumbs are pressed. It is claimed that in the thumbs are the veins of love. This is baseless and the narration is a fabrication.

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24 April 2023



'My friends care for me. You [my parents] do not! I'm better off with them. Only they understand me, so stop telling me what to do in MY life.'

Very common and disrespectful statements from children these days..

إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلاَةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُونَ

Your helper (friend) is none but Allah and His Messenger and those who have believed - those who establish salaah and give zakah, and they bow [in worship].

If you have friends like those mentioned in the Ayah, then you have true friends. These friends direct you to what is good for you.