The Shari’ah has placed restrictions on men meeting strange women privately. Similarly no man other than her husband is allowed to touch any part of a woman’s body. The following traditions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) are worth noting in this connection:
“Beware that you do not call on women who are alone,” said the Messenger of Allah. One of the Companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what about the younger or the elder brother of the husband?” The Prophet replied, “He is death.” (Tirmidhi, Bukhari and Muslim)
“Do not call on women in the absence of their husbands, because Satan might be circulating in any of you like blood.” (Tirmidhi).
According to ‘Amr ibn al-‘As, the Prophet forbade men to call on women without the permission of their husbands. (Tirmidhi)
“From this day no man is allowed to call on a woman in the absence of her husband unless he is accompanied by one or two other men.” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet said, “The one who touches the hand of a woman without having a lawful relationship with her, will have an ember placed on his palm on the Day of Judgment.” (Takmalah, Fath alQadir)
‘A’ishah says that the Prophet accepted the oath of allegiance from women only verbally, without taking their hands into his own hand. He never touched the hand of a woman who was not married to him (Bukhari).
Umaimah, daughter of Ruqaiqah, said that she went to the Prophet in the company of some other women to take the oath of allegiance. He made them promise that they would abstain from idolatry, stealing, adultery, slander, and disobedience to the Prophet. When they had taken the oath, they requested that he take their hands as a mark of allegiance. The Prophet said, “I do not take the hands of women. Verbal affirmation is enough.” (Nasa’i and Ibn Majah).