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The reason for the prohibition of shaking hands with unrelated women

Why did Islam forbid shaking hands with women for a man who is not a Mahram for them? And is ablution nullified by shaking hands without desire?

Islam forbade this because it is a trial and a temptation (Fitna) of the greatest kind for a man to touch the skin of woman who is not related to him. Everything which leads to trials and temptations has been prohibited by Allah. This is why He commanded us to avert our gaze, in order to avoid corruption. As for the one who touched a woman, it does not invalidate his ablution, even if he did so with desire, unless Mathi [1] or Mani [2] was emitted. If it was Mani, he must perform complete ablution (ghusl) and if it was Mathi, he must wash his penis and testicles and then perform ablution (Wudhu).

1. Pre-seminal fluid 2. Semen

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatwa Islamiyah Vol:5 page no.111
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