Is it Sunnah to make Musafahah with one hand or both the hands?

  • 07 Jun 2020 07:17:18
  • Saudi Arabia


Assalamualaikum and jazakallah khair for the answer to my query(musafaha should be done with both hands, but people(muslims) who shake hands with one hand alone ask us to show hadeeth or riwayah about shaking both the hands. they call it a bidaah, please clear this confusion and quote hadeeth or riwayah regarding this. Also please clear


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is Sunnah to make Musfahah with two hands. There are many Hadeeth’s which serve as proof for that.

Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) made Musafahah with Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) while the two palms of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) was in Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu)’s palm.[1] It is unfathomable that a Sahabi would only stretch out one hand to Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). Even if it is accepted that Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) only made Musafahah with one hand, then the action of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) would be given preference over the action of a Sahabi.

The practice of making Musafahah with both the hands was that of the great scholars of the past. It has been narrated that Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Mubarak (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) had made Musafahah with Hadhrat Hammad Bin Zaid (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) with both hands.[2]

There are narrations which prove making Musafahah with one hand also, but it is now forbidden because it has become the practise of the Kuffar and it is not permissible for one to emulate the Kuffar.[3]

To refer to a Sunnah as Bid’ah is very dangerous and detrimental. One should refrain from such statements.

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

(Mawlana) Ismail Desai
Student: Darul Ifta

Further References:

[1]   و كان كفي بين كفيه (بخاري، ج 2، ص 926، كتاب الاستيذان، باب المصافحة)

[2]  فتاوي محموديه، ج 28، ص 205، محموديه

[3]   الا ان المصافحة بيد واحدة لما كانت شعار أهل الأفرنج وجب تركه لذلك (الكوكب الدري، ج 2، ص 141- 142، فتاوي محموديه، ج 28، ص 205، محموديه

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