The Ruling on Kissing the Head & Hands of Ones Parents

Shaykh Abdul Azeez ibn Baaz rahimahullaah was asked:

Q: Before I go to school in the morning, I kiss the head and hand of my father and mother. Is there any harm in that, in kissing the hand of ones father or mother?

A: There is no problem in that inshaaAllaah; however leaving that some of the time is better. Not always, sometimes. Otherwise there is no problem with that.

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3 Responses to The Ruling on Kissing the Head & Hands of Ones Parents

  1. Umm Ibraheem says:

    Asalaamu alaykum, does the same apply to if you a greeting someone (an elder) and it is customary to kiss their hand? If you can translate a fatwa on this that would be greatly appreciated. Jazaak Allaahu khayraa

    • saadburbank says:

      Wa alaikumus Salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

      Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen rahimahullaah said:

      “There is no harm in kissing ones hand out of respect if they deserve respect; such as the father, or the elderly, or a teacher – unless harm is feared. And it is: that the one whose hand is being kissed becomes amazed with themselves, and sees themselves in a lofty position. In this case, we prevent such – due to this evil.”

      See: Liqaa al-Baab al-Maftooh 30/177

      Shaykh ibn Baaz rahimahullaah was asked:

      “As for kissing the hand then a group from the people of knowledge held it to be disliked, especially if it was habitual. As for if a person were to do so occasionally during some meetings, then there is no harm in that – with a righteous man, or a righteous ruler, or ones father and the like – there is no problem with that.
      However making it ones customary practice is disliked, and some of the people of knowledge forbade that; if a person was used to always doing it when meeting. As for doing it sometimes then there is no harm in that.

      And as for prostrating on ones hand – such that a person prostrates on the hand by placing his forehead upon the hand – then this is something forbidden. This is something the people of knowledge call ‘the minor prostration’. This is not permissible; that a person puts his forehead upon another person’s hand and prostrates upon it, no. However kissing it with his mouth – if it is not habitual – rather it was something rare and uncommon, then there is no harm. Because it is reported from the Prophet sallAllaahu `alaihi wa sallam that some of the Companions kissed his hand and his foot. Some of the Companions did that, so the affair is an easy one as long as it is something done in moderation. As for doing so out of habit all of the time then it is disliked or forbidden…”


      BaarakAllaahu feekum

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