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Unintentionally touched by a mehram relative is a sin?

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Asalamualaikum..
what if a women's awrah, for example chest, is unintentionally touched by a mahram, for example father or a brother, just by walking past each other or running and coming in contact? Does the woman have to feel ashamed, disgusted, or guilty if this happens ,unintentionally?
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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

Normally mehram men should be extremely careful not to be careless when in company of their womenfolk. Believing families teach their men from an early age that they are the protectors of their women. But unintentionally if by accident some parts of the mehram woman's awrah has been violated, then naturally both the parties should feel guilty and make it a point to be more careful in future. The woman does not have to feel this shame alone, the man should be more ashamed and sorry.

Anything done by error is not punishable. The woman's nature is such that she can immediately recognize an error from an intentional act. If it is unintentional she should let it go but if a mehram intentionally does something stupid, the woman should immediately scream and make an ugly scene by which the man will never again attempt such a thing.

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