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Touching non mahrams

Last updated: 11th November 2006
Question ID: #3022
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11th November 2006

When going to a shop or store and the person at the counter is not the same gender as you, sometimes when giving/recieving change there is contact with the other persons hand. I want to know if we are sinful for this.

Ulamaa ID 04
Answer last updated on:
19th May 2007
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

This should be totally avoided. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has mentioned: Whosoever touches the palm of a strange woman (who he is allowed to marry), a burning ember will be placed on his palm on the day of judgment. (Hidaaya vol.4 pg.485)

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.