Greeting female cousins for 'Eed
Fatwa No: 356191

Question

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatulallaahi wa barakaatuhu, Shaykh. The main focus of my question is: can my husban talk to his female cousins on the phone to wish them a blessed eid or not given that Eid Al-Fitr is on the way, Allah willing. Please, Shaykh, if you can give me advice or proof related to the Quran and the Sunnah, Allah willing, then with the help of Allah, the Exalted, I can try my best to tell my husband not to talk on the phone to his female cousins in India, as his parents in India tell my husband to wish his female cousins a blessed eid, which I really do not like, as he is thus commiting a sin by going against Allah's commandments. Please, Shaykh, help me, as I am really worried and tensed and am really praying with a full heart to Allah, the Exalted, that may he guide my husband to the straight path. Ameen, O Lord.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

It is permissible for your husband to wish his female cousins a blessed 'Eed as long as there is no fear of Fitnah (temptation), they only say what is needed to be said, and the women do not speak in a soft, tempting voice. Greeting non-Mahram (marriageable) women on the 'Eed is not a sin in itself; however, the sin is that something prohibited accompanies this greeting.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said:

"However, some people customarily do what is not permissible in Shariah while greeting others; the male cousin would greet his female cousin with her face uncovered. This is impermissible. It is prohibited for the male cousin to give his female cousin 'Eed greetings with her face uncovered because she is not among his non-Mahram women. Some people also greet their female relatives with their face uncovered, and this is also prohibited as long as the woman is not among his non-Mahram women. Some also would shake hands with their non-Mahram female relatives and this is also prohibited ..." [Majmoo‘ Fataawa wa Rasaa'il Al-‘Uthaymeen, 16/275]

For more benefit, please refer to fatwas 10463 and 83598.

Allah knows best.

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