Australian school allows male Muslim pupils to refuse handshakes with women

Hadith teaching states: ‘It is better to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of a woman who is not permissible to you’

An Australian school has adopted a policy allowing male Muslim students to refuse to shake hands with women.

Two principles at the Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College, in Sydney, told guests at its 2016 presentation day that some students may not shake hands because of their faith.

Instead, students at the Years 7 to 10 school placed their hands across their chest as they received their rewards.