Placing hand on chest after greeting

QUESTION:

It has become a custom in area that after greeting a person with Salaam and shaking the hand, the hand is placed on the cheat. Is this correct and is this mentioned in any Hadith?

ANSWER: اَلْجَوَابُ حَامِداً وَمُصَلِّياً

After greeting a person with salaam and shaking the hands, to place the hand on the chest is not prohibited in Shariat. In some areas/ places this action is a means of exposing one’s humility and love. This action should not be understood to be Sunnat or Mustahab

And Allãh Ta’ãla knows best

Mufti Muhammed Ashraf
10 March 2012 / 16 Rabee ‘ul Thani 1433