Why *Some* Muslim Men Won’t Shake A Woman’s Hand
Update: Welcome to everyone finding their way to this post while investigating the Indonesian government minister claiming to have tried to avoid shaking hands with Michelle Obama. Might I suggest that all women reading this make the extra effort today to greet Muslim men with a friendly handshake? Let’s be neighborly!
Because the mere touch of a marriageable woman can tempt the muslim man to desire the woman sexually and will result in adultery or rape. This, of course, does not apply to old women who are post-menopausal – he can go ahead and shake her hand because he won’t be tempted to jump her baggy old bones. Isn’t that special?
It is not permissible for a man who believes in Allaah and His Messenger to put his hand in the hand of a women who is not permissible for him or who is not one of his mahrams. Whoever does that has wronged himself (i.e., sinned). It was narrated that Ma�qil ibn Yassaar said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: For one of you to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle is better for him than that he should touch a woman who is not permissible for him. This hadeeth alone is sufficient to deter and to instill the obedience required of us by Allaah, because it implies that touching women may lead to temptation and immorality.
There is no doubt that for a man to touch a non-mahram woman is one of the causes of fitnah (turmoil, temptation), provocation of desire and committing haraam deeds. Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid