Pearl of Wisdom

to a man soliciting advice from him, 'Do not be of those who hope for [bliss in] the life of the Hereafter without action, and delay repentance by having high expectations, and who utter words like the ascetics with regard to this world, though in practice they behave like those who covet it.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Nahj al-Baldgha, Saying 150

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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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