Shaking hands (of non-Mahram man) with an old woman

Question 10: Is it permissible for old Muslim women to shake hands with non-Mahrams (not a spouse or an unmarriageable relative)?

Answer: It is not permissible for old Muslim woman or others to shake hands with a man who is non-Mahram for her… read more here.

A man shaking hands with his wife’s sister or aunt

Question 9: It is well-known that it is not permissible for men and women who are non-Mahrams (not spouses or unmarriageable relatives) to shake hands or be alone with one another. However, is it permissible for a man to shake hands with his sister-in-law or his wife’s paternal and maternal aunts claiming that they are temporary Mahrams (unmarriageable relatives) to him? Also, is it permissible to be alone with them? This is the first part of the question.

The second part is: Is the temporary Mahram status between a man and his sister-in-law and his wife’s aunts the same as that between a man and the wife of another unrelated man? Please give us your Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) and may Allaah reward you!

A: First: It is not permissible for a man to shake hands with his sister-in-law or his wife’s paternal and maternal aunts… read more here.

Shaking hands (of non-Mahram men) with non-Muslim women

Question 8: What is the ruling on shaking hands with non-Muslim women? In the country where I live, it is the custom to treat men and women equally in everything.

Answer: It is not permissible for a man to shake hands with a woman, unless he is her Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative)… read more here.

Shaking hands (of non-Mahram men) with women

Question 7: What is the ruling on touching a non-Mahram (not a spouse or an unmarriageable relative) woman?

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) for a Muslim man to touch the body of a non-Mahram woman as this leads to the spread of Fitnah (temptation) and corruption… read more here.

Kissing the wife of one’s uncle or of one’s brother

Question 6: A man says: When I come back from travelling, the wives of my paternal and maternal uncles welcome me with kisses. They are not less than 45 years old. I also shake hands with them in the same way I do with my sisters and daughters. Kindly enlighten me on the related ruling. May Allaah safeguard you!

Answer: It is forbidden for you to kiss the wives of your paternal or maternal uncles or to kiss the wives of your brothers… read more here.

A woman smiling in the presence of a non-Mahram

Question 5: What is the ruling on a woman who smiles in the presence of a non-Mahram person (not a spouse or an unmarriageable relative) without showing her teeth?

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) for a Muslim woman to uncover her face or to smile in the presence of a non-Mahram man… read more here.

Looking at a non-Mahram woman during the days of Ramadaan

Question 4: Does looking at a non-Mahram (not a spouse or an unmarriageable relative) woman during the day of the month of Ramadaan render one’s Sawm (Fast) invalid?

Answer: Looking at a non-Mahram woman is not permissible whether during Ramadaan or at any other time… read more here.

Rulings on Khulwah, looking, and intermingling between men and women

Question 3: Is it permissible for men to intentionally look at non-Mahram women, other than an accidental glimpse? If it is not, is it permissible for male students to attend a lecture given by a woman dressed immodestly on the pretext of learning?

Answer: Men are not permitted to look at women beyond an accidental glimpse, except when necessary… read more here.

Women assuming power or the position of a Ruler or a Judge or an Imaam

Question 2: Is it permissible for a group of Muslim women, who are more educated than men, to lead men? Besides the prohibition of leadership of women in Salaah (Prayer), what are the other cases in which women are prohibited to assume leadership and office, and why?

Answer: The Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet), objectives of Sharee’ah (Islaamic law), Ijma` (consensus of scholars), and reality indicate that women should not assume power or the judiciary… read more here.

Does the passage of women, black dogs, and donkeys in front of a praying person invalidate Salaah?

Question 1: Your Eminence, I am a woman who lives close to one of the Masjids (mosques) in Al-Dammam and this Masjid is a Masjid Jaami` (the large mosque where Jumu’ah [Friday] Prayers are held). Praise be to Allah, I observe Salaah (Prayer) on its due time. I have average knowledge. Once, I heard the Imam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) of the Masjid through microphones saying: Salaah is interrupted by three: A woman, a black dog, and a donkey. I do not know the degree of the validity of this Hadeeth. How can a woman be associated with a donkey or a dog? Is she Najaasah (ritually impure)? Please advise us, may Allaah reward you best!

Answer: First, A Muslim has to submit to the rulings of Sharee’ah (Islaamic Law), whether they know the wisdom behind them or not… read more here.