Saturday, November 07, 2009

Physical and spiritual well-being...a sign of the times...

"Nice to meet you...due to the H1N1, we won't shake hands...I'm trying to make a point of that".

Sound like a Muslim? Actually, that came from our school public health nurse, who isn't Muslim.

More and more, I hear non-Muslims talking about feeling uncomfortable shaking hands because they are worried about catching the swine flu. So they decline shaking hands, and nobody really flinches -- in fact, they likely feel relieved.

Interesting that when it pertains to our physical well-being, nobody seems to mind, but when it has a spiritual basis, people are "offended". So it isn't really the refusal to shake hands that offends people, it's the impetus. All of this bespeaks the times we live in -- people are ever so concerned that their bodies, their external be healthy and well, but they criticize and ridicule those who have such concerns about their spiritual, or internal health.

How open-minded are we as a society -- really?

Food for thought.


  1. Anonymous2:32 AM

    Thanks but how is refusing to shake hands an internal or spiritual matter?

  2. The Prophet Muhammad forbade unrelated, opposite genders from shaking hands, at least that is one report from him in the Sahih of Ibn Khuzayma.

    So not doing such is following the model of the Prophet Muhammad (saaws), or at least the better opinion of the Muslim jurists. The inward must meet the outward - that is, obedience to the Prophet must be not only within the heart, but outward as well.

  3. Salams/Peace,

    Abu Layth, thank you for explaining that the shaking of hands was forbidden by our noble Messenger (peace be upon him).

    Anonymous: The hand teaches the heart. The outward, inevitably makes and imprint on the inward. Our bodies are connected to our souls. Not having physical contact with the opposite gender is, in part, to protect one's heart from what can often follow with physical contact -- emotionally and physically.

    Handshakes may seem harmless to many, but the refusal to do so shuts the door to patting shoulders, rubbing arms, hugs, pecks, massages and so need not cite the numerous studies done on workplace affairs.

    Personal space has no set definition. In Islam, personal space between genders is greater than the North American secular practice, whereas personal space within one gender group is often smaller -- like many other cultures, when Muslim women meet one another they hug and kiss; men also hug one another, whereas the normative North American practice is to shake hands.


  4. Face masks are ok H1N1 , but face veils are wrong for Muslim women.

  5. Indeed.

    Definately food for thought.

  6. الحمد للہ رب العلمین والصلوۃ والسلام علی سید المرسلین

    اما بعد فاعوذ باللہ من الشیطان الرجیم بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

    صلوا علی الحبیب! صلی اللہ تعالٰی علٰی محمد

    Excellence of Durood Shareef:
    Sarkar-e-Madina صلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ وسلم has narrated, “The one who loves another for the sake for Allahعزوجل and when he meets his brother and shakes hands with him and recites Durood Shareef upon the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ وسلم , before departing their past sins are forgiven.”

    صلوا علی الحبیب! صلی اللہ تعالٰی علٰی محمد

    Acceptance of Islam Due to the Philosophy of Wuzu:
    A Muslim invited a university student in Belgium towards Islam and to his surprise, the student asked about the scientific benefits of Wuzu. The Muslim became speechless so he took the student to a scholar but the scholar could not tell him either. Eventually, a person told this student many benefits of Wuzu but could not tell him the benefits of wiping the neck so the student left. A few days later, the student came and said, “During a lecture, my professor said that if you wipe the beck of your neck on both sides with a few drops of water, you will be save from spinal illness. Upon hearing this I fully understood the virtue and benefits of wiping the neck in Wuzu and therefore, I want to accept Islam” and he became a Muslim.

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