[Q-ID0379] Can a husband and wife hold each other’s hands in public?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter; can a husband and wife hold each other’s hands in public? 

Questioner: A sister from UK

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

A husband and wife should avoid holding hands in public as it is not seen to be appropriate in the Muslim society we live in today. Whatever a Muslim considers to be bad/inappropriate, it is also bad in the sight of Allah.

“عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ مَا رَآهُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ حَسَنًا فَهُوَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ حَسَنٌ، وَمَا رَآهُ الْمُسْلِمُونَ قَبِيحًا فَهُوَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ قَبِيحٌ”

The merciful Prophet ﷺ stated that, “Whatever a mu’min believes to be good is good in the eyes of Allah عزوجل and whatever a mu’min considers to be bad is bad in the view of Allah”

[Muwatta of Imam Muhammad]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by Dawud Hanif

Read the original answer in Urdu here – [Q-ID0379] Can a husband and wife hold each other’s hands in public?

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[Q-ID0137] Can we hold our spouses hand in public?

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