I have heard that according to Islam we should kiss the hands of our parents to show respect. Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her) used to kiss the Prophet (SAW) hands and give up her space for him to sit whenever he visited her.

However some people say that a younger person should kiss any older person's hand while some say it is haram unless the two people are mahram to each other and others say this ritual is only for between a child and his/her parents and grandparent.

Recently I heard that it is encouraged to kiss their parents feet/legs (without bowing or prostrating) However how can we put our head by someone's feet? Is this not a sin itself?

  • Firstly, you gave an interesting example that Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her) used to kiss the Prophet (SAW) hands and give up her space for him to sit whenever he visited her. So, I reckon her behavior can be a pattern for us as a respectful in front of the parents which Islam has ... / Secondly I reckon logically it would be Ok if we kiss their hands (and even foots), but not to put our head (forehead) as if we are prostrating ... / Besides the Niah (intention) is so important as well / Jazakallah khaira for asking such lovely question. Oct 20, 2015 at 16:36
  • @SEYYED___ALIالسید____علی Barak Allah Feek :)
    – Zohal
    Oct 20, 2015 at 21:05
  • God willing it has been a helpful commend. Of course as I meniotned before, we can use the behaviour of "the great" as patterns for us. I appreciate again your example (hadith) as a constructive hadith. God Bless You. Oct 21, 2015 at 7:09

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The prophet (Saw) has not explicity encouraged the kissing of hands and feet of the eledery and respected, but he has allowed it - as long as there is no risk of it being interpreted as shirk.

In Tirmidhi we find: وعن صفوان بن عسال رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ قال يهودي لصاحبه‏:‏ اذهب بنا إلي هذا النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم الله عليه وسلم فأتيا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ، فسألاه عن تسع آيات بينات؛ فذكر الحديث إلي قوله‏:‏ فقبلا يده ورجله، وقالا‏:‏ نشهد أنك نبي‏.‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه الترمذي وغيره بأسانيد صحيحة‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏

A Jew asked his companion to take him to the Prophet (ﷺ); and when they came to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), they asked him about the nine clear signs (given to Prophet Musa). Safwan narrated the long Hadith which concludes: They kissed the hands and feet of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and said: "We testify that you are a Prophet."

the fact that the Prophet (saw) did not tell them off for this, means it is allowed. THe hadith for kissing feet are few in number, so it could be argued that this be avoided, but for kissing the hands, there are many hadiths and this is fine. Even Imam Muslim brings such hadiths in his book riyad as saliheen, quoting from abu dawood:

وعن ابن عمر، رضي الله عنهما، قصة قال فيها‏:‏ فدنونا من النبي صلى الله عليه وسلمى الله عليه وسلم الله عليه وسلم فقبلنا يده‏"‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه أبو داود‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏

In a narration of Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) at the end of the narration of the Hadith ) he said: "We came near the Prophet (ﷺ) and kissed his hand."

[Abu Dawud]

  • So kissing feet is discourages and kissing hands is neither encouraged nor discouraged?
    – fikr4n
    Jun 9, 2016 at 5:54

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