Shaking hands with women

What is the ruling on shaking hands with women in cases we cannot avoid?

Allah the Almighty commands:

Do not approach fornication. It is definitely an outrageous act and an evil way. (The Night Journey 17:32)

Shaking hands with people from opposite sex is considered in two aspects:

1- Common usages like during meeting, greeting, making an agreement, etc.

This kind of handshaking is permitted as it doesn’t involve an approach to an unlawful relationship.

2- Exceptional kinds like holding, squeezing, patting, kissing the hand, etc.

These kinds are not permitted as it involves an invitation to intimacy.

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Date: Sep 19, 2011