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21 May 2019 CE | 17 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

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Umaimah (radi Allahu anha) reported: “I and some other women came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to pledge our allegiance to Islam (make Bai’ah). The women said, ‘O Prophet of Allah, we take an oath with you that we will not associate anyone with Allah, that we will not steal, that we will not indulge in fornication and adultery, that we will not kill our offspring, that we will not wrongfully ascribe our illegitimate children to our husbands, and that we will not disobey you in doing good deeds.’ The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to them, ‘And say that you will follow all these to the best of your ability.’ The women responded, ‘Allah and His Prophet are more merciful on us than we are on ourselves; make Bai’ah with us (i.e. take our pledge from us by holding our hands).’ The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to them, ‘I don’t shake hands with women; when I said to you (what I just said), it is as if I had said it to one hundred women.’” [Muwatta Imam Malik, Chapter Bai’ah]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) himself followed the commands of Hijab (curtain in between) with non-Mahram women. Like men, women also used to pledge allegiance to Islam and make their vows of obedience to Allah and His Messenger. However, while the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to take the hands of men in his hands while taking their oaths; with women he made Bai’ah from behind a curtain, and without holding their hands, since touching a non-Mahram is as forbidden as looking at her is.

Aisha (radi Allahu anha) said: “By Allah, his (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallams) hands never touched a woman’s hand even at the time of taking Bai’ah from them.” [Bukhari, Book of Tafseer]

Don’t shake hands with non-Mahrams, hug them, or touch them in any other way. Just because something has become the norm in society doesn’t make it acceptable in Allah’s eyes.

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