Kissing the Yemeni corner

Reference: al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu – Page 388
Fiqh al-‘Ibaadaat – Page 348

Question: Is it permissible to kiss the Yemeni corner [of the Ka’bah]?

Response: Kissing the Yemeni corner (ar-Rukn al-Yamanee) is not confirmed from the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Any act of worship which is not confirmed from the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is an innovation and not something which draws one near to Allaah. So based upon this, it is not legislated for a person to kiss the Yemeni corner since this is not confirmed upon the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Rather, it has been mentioned in a weak hadeeth that can not be used as proof.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.