18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Hand-Shaking Wipes Away Sins

Al-Bara (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “No two Muslims meet and shake hands except that their sins are forgiven (by Allah) before they depart.” [Abu Dawud]

This hadith tells us that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) forgives the minor sins of the two believers who shake hands. Thus, when two Muslims meet they should follow the Sunnah of shaking hands to increase their mutual love and to have their minor sins pardoned by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

We should make the Sunnah of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) our culture so that we can be close to him on the Day of Judgement and are blessed with his intercession.

If I only understood how much effort the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) made for me, and what he suffered so that Islam could reach me, I would love him. And once I love him I would love to copy every thing about him. And by loving Allah’s Beloved I would become eligible for even more of Allah’s love.

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