Assalam-o- Alaikum dear brother, i wish to ask a question that has been bothering me. i'm a medical graduate, i'm hoping to go Insh' Allah for medical post graduate training in usa soon.i have to deal with females, in the medical profession as patients and as collegues. how do i deal with them, sometimes in the western culture women shake hands with men, it's not something i would like to do . but when i go for interviews for a job, or deal with patients what should i do? how should i deal with them and to what extent is it allowed to have contact? this is a situation as the job interviews and performance may be heavily judged on my interpersonal dealings with collegues but more so i believe patients. i don't want to ever go away from perfect islamic teachings. what should i do? andi still want to learn ,that too for the sake of serving Almighty AllahGazak ' Allah khair
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I have a problem that undoubtedly many others face. It is shaking hands with women, especially relatives who are not mahram to me, such as my cousins, wives of uncles, or sisters-in-law. Many pious Muslims face this problem, particularly on certain occasions such as coming back from travel, recovering from an illness, returning from Hajj or `Umrah, or similar occasions when relatives, in-laws, neighbors, and colleagues usually visit, congratulate each other and shake hands with each other.What I am asking is, is it proven in the Glorious Qur’an or the Sunnah that shaking hands with women is totally prohibited within the social and family relations when there is trust and no fear of temptation? I would appreciate if you would answer my question in the light of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Wajazakum Allah Khairan.