Relationship in Islam?

{ Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by Sadid }
It was not a good day for me, the midterm exam was not good at all. As me and a muslim friend walked out the Engineering building,

A : So you Malaysians really practice Islam to the core right?
Me : I guess, yeah.
A : Well, I was wondering..... why does B (another friend) has a girlfriend? How does that relationship work?
Me : Errrr....

The conversation kinda stopped there, and after that I just told him what I knew about relationship in Islam. Since it wasn't a big deal at the time, so the days after that goes as usual.

Recently, I got the job to be a shelver in the University's library. Since I'm new there, the supervisor asked me to introduced myself and shake hands with every staff in the library. So I told him that I can't shake hands with any female which aren't related to me as it is in the religion. He was kinda shocked, as he lived with a Muslim society before and never know about that. There was also some female Chinese staff just know about it as I told them. While working, one of the Chinese asked me "so how does the relationship in your religion works if you can't touch?". To be honest, I really didn't know how to put it in words.

I've been looking up the internet about relationship in Islam mainly to see how they put their words together, making people who don't know anything can really understand. But haven't found any good one yet. Anyone can help?

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