So, I read an interesting story about a man in Paris (there are actually several others in the news too, it appears to be a movement) who stood blindfolded in a sort of trust exercise who received hugs from Parisians. This is a very beautiful story I think in that it shows a man trying to separate his religion from the shadow of extremism while at the same time comforting victims of that extremism.
To my understanding, excepting in rare (emergency) cases, a Muslim man may not touch a woman to whom he is not married, and a Muslim woman may not do the same for a man. My Question is, are these men committing sin by voluntarily having contact with those of the opposite gender? While it is not at face value sexual contact, it isn't exactly dire need either.
Disclaimer: I'm not a muslim, I just have a general curiosity about this story. At the same time, I also understand that one man's actions (either as a violent extremist, or a man offering hugs) do not represent an entire religion.