Hadith on Manners: The Sunnah of Handshaking

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2729
Narrated Qatadah: that he asked Anas bin Malik: “Did the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) use to shake each other’s hand?” He said, “Yes.”

  • From this hadith, we learn that shaking hands was a common practice among the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This hadith emphasizes the social interaction and physical contact that took place among the companions during their time. In a contemporary context, this hadith can serve as a basis for Muslims to engage in the cultural practice of shaking hands as a gesture of greeting and friendship. Handshaking is a common social custom in many parts of the world, and Muslims may choose to participate in this practice while adhering to the principles of Islamic etiquette. It is important to note that Islamic teachings emphasize cleanliness and purity, so it is recommended to wash or purify one’s hands before and after shaking hands, especially in situations where hygiene is a concern (e.g., after using the restroom or in times of illness).

Overall, this hadith highlights the importance of social interaction, kindness, and establishing positive relationships with others, while also reminding Muslims to uphold Islamic values and etiquette in their interactions.