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The Ruling on Shaking Hands after the Prayer regularly

What is the legal ruling on shaking hands directly after the prayer, is it an innovation or a Sunnah? And (what is) the evidence for the ruling?

We do not know any basis for the practice of shaking hands immediately after the obligatory prayer on a regular basis, in fact, it is an innovation and it has been authentically reported from the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) that he said: Whoever performed a deed which is not conformity with this matter (i.e. this religion) of ours, will have it rejected. [1] In one narration: Whoever innovated something in this matter (i.e. this religion) of ours that is not from it, will have it rejected. [2]

[1] Muslim no. 1718. [2]Al-Bukhari no 2697 and Muslim no. 1718.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 165
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