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01-12-2007 @ 12:41 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Zayd Maryam bint Len Liberman (Columbus, OH)
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As Salaamu alaikum.

I was under the impression that spouses holding hands in public is not appropriate. However, tonight a sister informed me that a sister she knows of (from Philly) heard during a khutbah an encouragement for the brothers to hold the hands of their wife/wives.  Is there any proof for doing this in the Book of Allah and sunnah?  Jazakum Allahu khair.

Subhaanaka Allahuma wa bihamdika.Ash hadu an la ilaha ila Anta. Astagfiruka wa atubu ilaika.

01-28-2007 @ 11:23 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa ibn John Richardson (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
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Wa 'alaykumus-salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

This is a matter that is left to the customs of the people, as there is nothing in the Book or the Sunnah mentioning it specifically (to my knowledge).

So if the people in a given time and place look down on it, and consider it to be distasteful or not befitting, then it should be left.

And if it is commonly done in a discreet manner that does not cause any disturbance or harm, then there should be no harm in it.

Furthermore, it might become obligatory in some situations, like if the wife was elderly or sick and could not walk on her own, or could not get out of the vehicle without holding the husband's hand, or she is walking over some ice and needs to hold his hand or else she will fall.

And the Muslim woman avoids mixed gatherings and intermingling in general...

And Allaah knows best.

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

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