Pearl of Wisdom

'Vitality is a subtle bounty when present it is forgotten, and when lost it is remembered.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Kitab man Id yahdurahi al-Faqih, y. 4, p. 406, no. 5878

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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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Question:
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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