Displays of love towards my parents

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Question: Noble shaykh, is it permissible to kiss the [fore]head of a parent if he only prays sometimes, or not at all?

Response: This is not permissible, because [doing] this is from [the acts of] love. Kissing is from [the acts of] love, so it is not permissible to kiss him.

[That said] however, this does not prevent you from being good towards him. Being good towards him in worldly matters.

As for displays of love such as kissing his [fore]head and the like, then that is not permissible.


Translation originally published on 21 October, 2017

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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