I have this hadith in my memory but I don't know the source where I heard it from, it was something along the lines of...praising someone on his face is as if you destroyed him.

Is there a hadith along these lines? Can you please mention the hadith no. if there is one?


A Hadeeth narrated by al Imaam Ahmad who said: 'Afaan narrated to us that Wuhayb said on the authority of Abu Bakrah:

"A man praised another man in the presence of the Prophet - صلى الله عليه و سل; he said:

"Woe to you! You have cut off your companion's neck – he repeated this a number of times – If it is necessary for one of you to praise his companion, then say: 'I believe him to be as such, and Allah is a reckoner over him, and I do not praise anyone over Allah – I believe him to be like such and such.' If one knows such about that person to be true."

This Hadeeth was also collected by al Bukhaaree, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah through Khaalid al Hadhaa.

Al Imaam Ahmad stated: 'Waqee' narrated to us on the authority of Hammaam ibn al Haarith who said:

"A man approached 'Uthmaan and praised him in his presence."

He [the narrator] said: "Al Miqdaad ibn al Aswad started pouring sand on the praising person's face saying:

"We were ordered by the Messenger of Allaah - صلى الله عليه وسلم - to pour sand over the praising people's faces when we came across them."

It was collected by Muslim and Abu Dawood from the Hadeeth of ath Thawree on the authority of Mansoor.

Source: Praise

  • There are also some others very similar to the second hadith mentioned here. – user73 Jul 24 '12 at 20:59
  • +1 I think first hadith is what I was referring to. – Muhammad Hasan Khan Jul 24 '12 at 21:50
  • May I have the ref numbers to the hadees that tell us about praising people please. Thank you – user11921 Feb 18 '15 at 10:55

There are two hadiths with evidence that it is allowed to kiss people on the face:

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.610 Narrated by Ibn Abbas and Aisha

Hadrat Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r.a.) kissed the forehead of the deceased body of the Prophet (saws).

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 5201 Narrated by Ash-Sha'bi

The Prophet (saws) received Hadrat Ja'far ibn AbuTalib (r.a.), embraced him, and kissed him between both of his eyes (ie. forehead).

however i did not find any hadith regarding the impermissability of kissing somone on the face. But, i did find a fatwa that claims that it is only allowed to kiss somone as a farwell or a greeting after travelling, and not in an everyday situation.

"With regard to the kind of embracing and kissing that is makrooh, it is that which is done by way of flattery and veneration when a person is not travelling. The kind that is permitted is that which is done when bidding farewell and when a person returns from a journey, and when meeting someone after not seeing him for a long time and when there is intense love for the sake of Allaah. What is to be kissed is not the mouth but rather the hand, head and forehead. "

This would explain the two hadiths above, they bid muhammad (pbuh) farwell before buriel and greeted Hadrat Ja'far ibn AbuTalib when he came from a journey.

sources:Islam Q&A site

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    By praise I meant to speak highly of someone not to kiss him. – Muhammad Hasan Khan Jul 24 '12 at 21:46

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