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I recently accepted Islam. Before becoming Muslim, I used to touch the feet of all elders, and also used to say them "Namaste." I just found out it is shirk, but my mom forces me to do that.

Can I say "Mamaste" instead of "Namaste"? When bowing to touch feet of elders, can I just touch the ground and say very silently "there is none worthy of worship but Allah?"

I have to bow and to say Namaste as I am secretly following Islam, and I can not deny doing so as my mother will be sad and will doubt. Is the method that I mentioned correct and does it contain any shirk?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because Islam SE is not a fatwa site (see How to Ask). Bowing to others is forbidden in Islam, but considering the fact that you are practicing Islam in secrecy, you should consider consulting a mufti in your area for a fatwa specific to your situation. – III-AK-III Jan 30 '18 at 11:41
  • There is no scholar near my house I live in a strict non Muslim society where people worship ideals and some even worship demons(I thought so) – Abdullah Jan 30 '18 at 14:25

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