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f:1032 -    Shaking hands with any woman
Country : hyd,
Name : Inayath
Question:     Assalamualaikum, can we shake hands with out female relatives (women and girls) as they do in the Arab world?  Is it correct? Please give me the answer.
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Answer:     It is expressly forbidden in the Shariah to shake hands with non-Mahram relatives (those persons with whom marriage is permissible) even though they may be relatives.  This act opens the door to greater evils.  It is not allowed to shake hands with cousin sisters, as they are non-Mahram relatives, as given in Al Hidaayah, Vol. 4, Kitaabul Karaahiyya.  

And Allah the Merciful and the Beneficent knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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