Shaking the Hands upon entering the Gathering, Sunnah or Against it

A benefit regarding the ruling on shaking hands of everyone when entering a gathering

Shaykh Ibn alUthaymeen may Allah have mercy upon him was asked regarding the ruling on shaking hands of every one when entering a gathering, and weather or not there is a proof for it from the Quran or the Sunnah.

The answer: I don not know anything for it {its permissibility} from the Sunnah, so because of this it is not appropriate to be done. Some people when they enter a gathering begin shaking hands with the one whom they are closest to until they reach the furthest individual, rather this is not legislated {in the Quran or Sunnah} base upon my knowledge, Indeed shaking hands is only done when encountering others. As for when entering a gathering then is not from the way of the messenger may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, nor did he order his companions to do that, rather the messenger may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him use enter {Gatherings} and sit where he found an opening. We also have not heard that he may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him use to sit in the openings of the gatherings, while those {in the gatherings} would stand to him in order to shake his hands. So shaking hands in this way is not permissible and I have indeed asked those whom I trust from my
teachers about it {this matter} so they said: we do not know any basis for it from the Sunnah.

Refer back the Book Liqa’aat almaftuh volume 1/529

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Also Shaykh Albaanee May Allah have mercy upon him said : when one enters a gathering of people, he suffices him self by giving salaams,
and if he is able to shake the hand of whom is close to him, then he does that { with out shaking the hands of everone in the gathering}

Refer back to the tape silsilatu alhuda wa noor number 61

Also I have asked Shaykh Yahyaa alHajoore may Allah preserve him regarding this matter, so he said: He does not shake everyone’s hand,
that is opposition to the Sunnah, and rather he suffices himself by just giving salaams.

Complied by Abu Fajr AbdulFattah alKanadi

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