Excellent Mufti Sheik Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh encouraged Muslims to not kiss their parents’ feet, stating that this is not an ideal propensity over Islam. Al-Asheikh, who also heads 7-member committee for senior Scholars, reacted to a question asked by a Saudi on radio that kissing parents’ feet is admissible in Islam. The grand mufti pushed that Muslims must stop kissing their parents’ feet. They can kiss their parents’ hands or head. He said that this propensity is not positive position and that it must be stopped. But according to some Scholars, that kissing feet is not prohibited in Islam.
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia is someone who has been accepted by almost every Muslims of the world this or her Grand Mufti. His statement regarding any particular matter can be considered as authentic and final. 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 Muslim can go down only in front of Allah.
If you just want to show respect and honor to your parents, there are many other ways of doing so. My parents passed away when I was only 7 years old. I hardly have some memories associated with them. You can sit with them, listen to what they say, listen to the stories 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.
Islam gives so much importance to the respect of parents. “Your Lord had decreed, that you worship none save Him, and (that you show) kindness to 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.” [Quran 17:23-24]
Source: Arab News
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