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f:1217 -    Correct manner of shaking hands
Country : Hyderabad, India,
Name : Ismail
Question:     What is the correct manner of shaking hands?  Please describe in light of Hadith.
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Answer:     Shaking hands with both the hands is a Sunnah.  There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari about handshakes:

Translation: Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) says that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) taught me the Tashahud and my palm was between both His blessed palms.  (Sahih Bukhari, Babul Musafaha)

Imam Bukhari (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) has related this verse in the Chapter of Handshakes (Baabul Musafaha), which shows that when a handshake is performed while meeting people, it should be performed with both hands.

Also, Imam Bukhari (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) has also composed another chapter alongside this chapter that a handshake should be performed with both hands.  Imam Bukhari (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) relates that Hadhrat Hammad bin Zaid used both his hands when shaking hands with Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin Mubarak (May Allah shower His Mercy on them).  (Sahih Bukhari, Baabul Akhaza Bil Yadain)

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

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