Touching Wife or Shaking Hands and Nullification of Wudu’

The following enquiry was made to the maraji`:

Does a man shaking hands with his wife or touching her upon entering the house nullify his wudu’? May Allah reward you with good for your answer.


The marja,` Imam `Abdur-Rahman ash-Shami, may Allah preserve him, said the following:

According to the school of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, then wudu’ is nullified by a man touching a woman or the opposite with desire; but if there is no desire present, then the wudu’ remains established.

As for the scholars of the school of Imam ash-Shafi`ii, then the wudu’ in such a case would be nullified with or without desire.

Taken from the website of the maraji`

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