Is kissing parents’ feet allowed in Islam?

Many people want to kiss the feet of their parents when they see them after a long time or whenever they come back from traveling. A question arises, is kissing parents’ feet or mother’s feet allowed in Islam?

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia

Mufti Sheik Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh who also heads the 7-member committee for senior Scholars reacted to a question asked by a Saudi on the radio that kissing parents’ feet is inadmissible in Islam.

Mufti Sheik Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh encouraged Muslims to not kiss their parents’ feet, stating that this is not an ideal propensity over Islam. They can kiss their parents’ hands or heads. 

3013 Don’t Kiss feet of your Parents – Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia

Why did he issue this statement?

The statement regarding kissing the feet of parents has been issued by the Grand Mufti as many videos are circulating on social media where people are seen kissing the feet of their parents. 

It is against the dignity of a Muslim to bow in front of another Human Being even if they are his parents. The head of Muslims can go down only in front of Allah.

There are many ways to show respect to your parents

Apart from kissing your mother’s feet, there are many other ways to show respect and honor to your parents in Islam.

You can sit with them, listen to what they say, listen to the stories about when they were young, take care of their meals, take care of their medicine, iron their clothes, polish their shoes and tell them how important they are in your life.

The Holy Quran about the respect of parents

If one of them or both of them attain old age with you, say not “Fie” unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word. And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy, and say, My Lord! Have mercy on them both, as they did care for me when I was young.” – Al-Isra 17:23-24

Source: Arab News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.