The Superiority of the Handshake

عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ ابْنِ اليَمَانِ رَضِيَ الله عَنْهُ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: “إِنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ إِذَا لَقِيَ الْمُؤْمِنَ فَسَلَّمَ عَلَيْهِ وَأَخَذَ بِيَدِهِ فَصَافَحَهُ تَنَاثَرَتْ خَطَايَاهُمَا كَمَا يَتَنَاثَرُ وَرَقُ الشَّجَرِ”.

Hudhayfah ibn Al-Yaman (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “ Indeed whenever  a believer meets another believer takes his hand and shakes it,  sins fall from both of them the same way leaves fall off a tree.”

Collected by At-Tabarani in his Awsot (245) graded Saheeh by Shaykh Al-Albani in his Silsilahtus Saheeh. 6/431



Benefits about this topic:

  • Shaykh Al-Albani 1421H (may Allah rest him in Jannah) wrote in Silsilahtus Saheeh; It is sunnah to take a person’s hand and shake it. And to take both a person’s hands and shake them is contradictory to the sunnah; like some of the mashaykh  do.
  • Shaking hands is a legislated act at the time of parting as well.
  • It is an innovation to shake hands directly after the prayer.”(end of quote from Shaykh Nasir.[ 1/ 52] )
  • Al-bara’ ibn ‘Aazib (may Allah be pleased with him) said,” Shaking hands is a complete greeting.” [ # 968 Saheeh Adabul Mufrad]
  • The first people to introduce the handshake were the people from Yemen [ # 967 Saheeh Adabul Mufrad by Imam Al-Bukhari]

Translated and compiled by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle- aka- Adam due to the names of my boys; Muhammad, Ibrahim, Yaqub, Shuaib, Zakkariyah , Ayyuband Yusef

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