SHAKING HANDS

The people of Yemen called on the Glorious Prophet of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and introduced for the first time the custom of shaking hands. (Abu Da’ood) The Sahabah accepted this custom so extensively that Sayyiduna Anas bin Maalik (radi Allahu anhu) applied perfume in his hands only to shake hands with his friends. (Adaabul-Mufrad)

Sayyiduna Bara Bin Aazib (radi Allahu anhu) reported that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: When two Muslims shake hands with each other, they are pardoned of their sins before they separate.  (Ibne-Maja)

Sayyiduna Salmaan (radi Allahu anhu) reported that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: When a Muslim meets his Muslim brother and shakes hand, their sins fall down like the dry leaves from a tree during a storm, and their sins are forgiven even if these are equal to the foams of ocean.  (Tabraani)

Sayyiduna Qatada (radi Allahu anhu) reported: I asked Anas (radi Allahu anhu), Was it a custom of the companions of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to shake hands with one another? He said, Yes. (Bukhari)

According to authentic reports, the Beloved Habeeb (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) never shook hands with any woman who was not his wife or a close relative. Although there is no Hadith, which describes shaking hands with women as forbidden, the Holy Prophet’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) example should be the one for us to follow. One is highly encouraged to avoid shaking hands with members of the opposite sex.

SNEEZING AND YAWNING

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (radi Allahu anhu) reported that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: Allah(Azzawajal) likes sneezing and dislikes yawning: so if anyone of you sneezes and then praises Allah , every Muslim who hears him (praising Allah ) has to say,May Allah bestow His Mercy on you. But as regards yawning, it is from Shaytaan, so if one of you yawns, he should try his best to stop it, for when anyone of you yawns, Shaytaan laughs at him. (Bukhari)

If the one who sneezes is a Christian, Jew or any non-Muslim, respond by saying:“Yahdikumullah-o-wa-Yusleh Balakum” (May Allah give you guidance and make your children pious).

It is mentioned in the Hadith that any person who says “Alhamd-o-Lillahi Ala-Kull-e-Haalin” at the time of sneezing, he will never experience an earache or a toothache. It is unlawful to consider the sound of sneeze as a sign of bad omen.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: The yawning is from the Shaytaan. So when one of you yawns, he should try to restrain it as far as it lies in his power. (Muslim)

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (radi Allahu anhu) reported: At the time of sneezing, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to cover his mouth either with his hand or with a cloth and lowered his sound. (Tirmidi)

Sayyiduna Abu Sa’eed Khudri (radi Allahu anhu) reported that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: Keep your hand over your mouth while yawning as the Shaitaan enters an open mouth. (Muslim)

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