Why Anas Rubbed His Hands With Oil

I sometimes see brothers doing this, and I thought it was nice to find this narration supporting it as a practice of the Companions. In al-Bukhari’s ‘al-Adab al-Mufrad’ (1012), it’s reported from Thabit al-Bunani that he said:

“When Anas would wake up, he would rub sweetly scented oil on his hands for when he would shake hands with his brothers.”

This was authenticated by al-Albani in ‘Sahih al-Adab al-Mufrad’ (774).

Husayn al-‘Awayshah commented: “This shows how eager they were to make their brothers happy and pleasant.”

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