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Smiling Decently at Opposite Gender to Avoid Rudeness OK?

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Feb 22, 2019

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Assalamu 'alaykum. In a typical work or school situation, is it OK to smile decently to teachers or coworkers when talking to them? If I don't smile I seem rude especially if I am greeted. It's not a tempting laugh or smile with eye contact, just a decent one to show a pleasant person. Also if I am working and I am left with a male coworker/client in the room, what should I do? Jazakum Allahu khairan

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