Garden City Hospital celebrates diversity by recognizing the holidays,
traditions, food and healthcare norms of the Muslim religion.
Muslim: Greeting Etiquette
In other cultures, greetings may include eye contact, smile, handshake
and sometimes even a hug. Alternatively, there is a defined etiquette
in greeting between a Muslim and someone of the opposite faith, gender
or both. Healthcare professionals should take greeting etiquette into
consideration when treating a Muslim patient.
The Islamic culture forbids physical contact between men (Muslim and non-Muslim)
who aren’t part of the family and Muslim women. Men should not shake
hands with female Muslims unless she initiates the contact. Women (Muslim
and non-Muslim) outside of the family, should not reach for a Muslim man’s
hand unless he initiates contact. Male to male and female to female contact
is permitted. The proper greeting between the opposite sex often includes
a hand on the heart and a slight bow. Some may also use the phrase “As-Salamu
alaykum” meaning “peace be upon you.”
Muslim: The Hijab
A hijab is a veil or headdress worn by some Muslim women in the presence
of any male outside of their immediate family. This includes any head,
face or body covering worn by women who conform to Islamic modesty standards.
It is a woman's choice to wear the hijab when she is ready and is
not a forced decision.