Does Touching a Woman Invalidate Wudu?

Touching A Woman & The Wudu

Question:

Does touching a non-mahram woman invalidate one’s wudu (ablution)? 

Answer:

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright.

This is a controversial issue among the jurists whether touching a woman breaks ones’s ablution or not. However, the most dominant view is that touching a woman without lust does not break ablution. 

`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to pray for long hours at night in their apartment, and that she used to sleep in front of him. Because the room was small, when the Prophet used to make sujud (prostration) he would tap her calf with his hand and she would retract her legs so he could make sujud. And when he stood up she would allow her feet to return to their original position.” (Al-Bukhari)

This is the view favored by Sheikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, Sheikh Ibn Baz, Sheikh Ibn `Uthaymeen and many others.

For more information about the validity of ablution after touching a woman, watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel. 

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