Living in the West, we often come across situations where it involves shaking hands with someone of the opposite gender. Is this haraam?
Shaking hands with the opposite gender should be avoided, but in and of itself it is not haraam. The protocol is that there should be no physical contact with the opposite gender. If there is a situation such as a job interview where one might be required to shake hands, and no time to explain yourself, then it is not sinful upon you to do so
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi answers.
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