Hello, Nurul from Malaysia again.
They should be no physical contact between a Muslim and the opposite sex. So how about handshakes? Though handshakes is a friendly gesture, unfortunately the rules above state it all. This matter could be a dilemma. They doesn’t want things to appear awkward and doesn’t want to be rude. When we learn about the bowing etiquette (お辞儀) which doesn’t involve skin contact, we can breathe a sigh of relief. Basic bows are performed with the back straight and the hands at the sides (boys and men) or clasped in the lap (girls and women), and with the eyes down. Bows originate at the waist. This culture is very interesting. The feeling of respect is well felt for both parties. If you think that Islam is all about Haram and no fun. Clearly! It is not! The example above just prove on how we can do stuff without stepping on the boundaries.