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25-02-2009 @ 12:16 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Francis Paul bin Francis (Italy)
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Is hand kissing Shirk?I saw a guy from Senegal I know,kissing the hand of what seemed to me as a scholar or a shaykh,according to his dress.My friend later confirmed to me that the guy was a well respected scholar of his community here in Italy,where we both live.
Nonetheless,I am curious if handkissing constitutes Shirk.
Thank you.

05-03-2009 @ 2:37 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Musa bint Muhammad (New York)
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Asalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh,

Actually, a lot of women do that to each other in the masaajid... It's an
important question....

05-03-2009 @ 3:53 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abdullah Feriz ibn Miftar (Germany)
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What is the ruling on kissing another person's hand?


Praise be to Allaah.

It is mustahabb to kiss the hands of righteous people and the greatest scholars, and it is makrooh to kiss the hand of anyone else. The hand of the beardless man should not be kissed under any circumstances,

(From Fatawa al-Imaam al-Nawawi, p. 71)

In the commentary on the book, it says:

If a person wants to kiss another person's hand, if this is because of his asceticism, righteousness, knowledge, position or modesty, or other reason that has to do with his commitment to religion, then it is not makrooh. In such cases it is mustahabb, because Abu żUbaydah kissed the hand of żUmar (may Allaah be pleased with them both).

But if it is because of the personżs riches, wealth, high rank or status in the eyes of the people of this world, and so on, then it is intensely makrooh.

Al-Mutawalli, one of our companions, said: It is not permitted, and he indicated that it is haraam.

It was narrated in Sunan Abi Dawood that Zaariż (may Allaah be pleased with him), who was among the delegation of żAbd Qays, said: żWe started to get out from our howdahs and we kissed the hands and feet of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Fatawa al-Imam al-Nawawi, Tażleeq al-Hajjaar, p. 71

The objective of asceticism is to leave all that harms the servants Hereafter and the objective of worship is to do all that will benefit his Hereafter. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa, 14/458)

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