Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed
Are sexual offences ever established with less than four witnesses? I mean, in other than actual intercourse
Yes, sexual offences other than actual intercoursesuch as undue physical contact, kissing, and the likeare established by two upright witnesses. Four witnesses are only required for actual intercourse, as the scholars have explicitly mentioned in the Book of Witnessing of the major works. See, for example: Imam Nawawis Majmu`, or the commentaries on his Minhaj.
And Allah alone gives success.
– Amjad Rasheed.
[Translated by Faraz Rabbani]
Shaykh Amjad Rasheed is a Jordanian Shafi`i faqih and PhD in Islamic Law. He has studied under top scholars in Jordan, Syria, and Tarim, and obtained ijazas from his teachers. He is a student of Shaykh Nuh Keller, and is currently teaching the Shariah sciences, including high-level texts in fiqh and usul, at the Faculty of Shariah in Tarim (Hardamawt, Yemen) under the guidance of his teacher the noble faqih and mufti Shaykh Muhammad al-Khatib.