Physical Contact

  • Touching: Observant Muslims are generally guarded with members of the opposite sex and will prefer not to touch the other gender (including handshaking) unless they are directly related.
  • Hands: For Muslims the left hand is reserved for removal of dirt and cleaning, and should not be used for waving, eating, offering items or shaking hands.
  • Eye contact: Both male and female Muslims are advised to lower their eyes and will avoid prolonged eye contact as a sign of respect.
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