Pearl of Wisdom

'Whoever wants to trade must learn his religion thoroughly in order to know what is allowed and what is forbidden for him; and whoever does not learn about his religion and then practices trading will certainly get entangled into uncertainties and problems.?

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Wasa'il al-Shi'a, v. 12, p. 283, no. 4

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Question : #226 Category: Social Interaction
Subject: shaking hands as part of work
Question: I am working in a company and supposed to shake hands with customers, male or female. If don't do that, it would be considered impolite and there is a risk of losing my job and suffering the aftermath? What should I do?
Answer: A Muslim man is not allowed to shake hands with a woman without a barrier, such as gloves, unless refraining from shaking hands will put him in a considerable harm or unbearable difficulty. In the latter case, he is allowed to shake hands to the extent of necessity only.
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isn't it that if you don't want to shake hand then you should put your right hand on your chest?
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That's correct, gesturing by placing your hand on your chest as a humble way of greeting the opposite gender.

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