Respect of women and their rights to their own body and whether or not they allow men to touch them is at the very core of this topic. Allah is the one who knows best what he has created and what the needs and limits are for each of us.
Shaking hands (and touching) members of the opposite sex when closely related, is not permissable for Muslims according to the teachings of Islam.
This is to discourage physical contact which could lead to familiarity that is unwarranted or undesired by the lady. It could also be the initial cause for desire within both the man & woman.
Men shaking hands with women was not totally accepted by society even in the United States less than one hundred years ago. Unless it was through proper introduction and the woman had first extended her hand toward the gentleman it was considered improper for a man to extend his hand if the lady had not offered hers. Also, it was only expected the man would hold only the tips of her fingers, and to lower his gaze.
There is a hadeeth (narration of an event) from Ma’qil ibn Yassar, saying; The prophet, peace be upon him said,
“It is better for you to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of a woman who is not permissible to you.”
[At-Tabarani in “Al Kabir, #486. Shaikh Albani said in Sahih al-Jaami’ it is sahih #5045]
Umaymah bint Raqeeqah said:
‘The prophet, peace be upon him, said, “I do not shake hands with women (not permissible to touch).”
[An-Nasaai, #4181 and Ibn Majah, #2874; Albani declared it sahih; Al Jami, #2513]
Switzerland ignored all this islamic teaching and showed no respect for muslims around the globe by an odd decision. It has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers who refused to shake hands with female teachers !
The brothers aged 14 and 15 said physical contact with women who were not family members was against their faith.
Officials in Therwil then told them not to shake male teachers’ hands to avoid gender discrimination.
But politicians insisted that shaking hands was part of the national culture.
The case has sparked a debate about religious freedoms, and the Basel-Country canton has requested an expert legal opinion on the matter.
A spokesman for the canton said naturalisation proceedings for the family had been put on hold, but added that such suspensions were common in citizenship procedures.
There are about 350,000 Muslims in Switzerland, which has a population of 8 million.