Touching the Feet of Elders as Mark of Respect

By Mufti Muhammad Kadwa
Posted: 11 Safar 1424, 13 April 2003


Q.) It is widely practiced in my home country to pay regards to the superiors (parents, teachers, peers etc.) by touching their legs and return that touch to one's head or chest (popularly known as 'Qadam-Bosi'). Is it allowed in Sharia? Please answer. [Mohammad Motalib]

A.) Qadam-Bosi or bowing down to seniors and touching their feet is a custom of the Indian Hindus. Such an action, irrespective of the intention of the person, is totally prohibited.

Bowing in reverence of any person is strictly prohibited in the Ahaadith of Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Even the Sahaba, Radi-Allahu anhum, who were downright enthusiasts of Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam didn't bow before Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam in spite of the ardent desire to do so.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best