Shaking Hands (Making Musaafahah) – Hadhrat Saharanpuri رحمة الله عليه

Hadhrat Saharanpuri رحمة الله عليه and making musaafahah with one hand

In reply to a person’s question, Hadhrat رحمة الله عليه said that making musaafahah with one hand or with both hands is correct. Both views are mentioned in Al-Koukab-ud-Durri (vol. 2, p. 141). The second view also appears in Saheeh Bukhaari (vol. 2, p. 926).
Once, a ghair muqallid made musaafahah with Hadhrat Saharanpuri رحمة الله عليه using one hand only. Hadhrat رحمة الله عليه stretched forth both his hands and said with a smile, “This is how musaafahah should be made.”

The ghair muqallid replied, “The words of the Hadeeth state (My [the Sahaabi] palm was between both his [Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم palms.).” Hadhrat رحمة الله عليه responded, “It is evident as to whether Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم  stretched forth both his hands or one; he stretched forth both his hands.

Hence, are we following the Sunnah or are you?”