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Does Islam forbid men from touching women?

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It depends on the circumstances:  Anas bin Malik said, "Any of the female slaves of Medina could take hold of the hand of Allah's Messenger (saw) and take him wherever she wished." (Bukhari)  Anas bin Malik said: “If a female slave among the people of Medinah were to take the hand of the Messenger of Allah (saw), he would not take his hand away from hers until she had taken him wherever she wanted in Medinah so that her needs may be met.” (Ibn Majah, Ahmed)  The Messenger of Allah (saw) used to visit Umm Haram, daughter of Milhan. She was the wife of Ubada bin Samit, One day the Messenger of Allah (saw) paid her a visit. She entertained him with food and then sat down to rub his head. (Bukhari, Muslim)  Abu Musa al-Ashari (ra) whilst on Hajj went to a woman of al-Qais who removed lice from his head (Bukhari)  Ibrahim al-Nikhae said, "I met a woman and I intended to shake my hands with her. I placed my hand over the cloth and she took of her niqab, She was one of the woman of my area who became middle aged. I shook my hand with her and I didn't have anything on my hand." (حلية الأولياء 2/442)

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