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As far as I know, psychologists emphasize kissing children and likewise believe that is has a very positive effect on kids. I wonder what the viewpoint of Islam is regarding this issue? Is there any hadith concerning this matter?

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  • It is permissible (جائز) out of mercy and compassion.

  • It is forbidden (حرام) out of lust.

Hadith 225, Riyad As-salihin:

وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ قبل النبي الحسن بن علي رضي الله عنهما، وعنده الأقرع بن حابس، فقال الأقرع‏:‏ إن لي عشرة من الولد ما قبلت منهم أحدًا‏.‏ فنظر إليه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال‏:‏ “من لا يرحم لا يرحم” ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) kissed his grandson Al-Hasan bin 'Ali (May Allah bepleased with them) in the presence of Al-Aqra' bin Habis. Thereupon he remarked: "I have ten children and I have never kissed any one of them." Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) looked at him and said, "He who does not show mercy to others will not be shown mercy".

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