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Kissing Upon meeting

There is a trend of the youth kissing one another on the cheeks, upon every meeting and every day, and this trend has spread amongst the elders and in the masjid and in the rows, is this in opposition to the sunnah or is there no harm in it, or is it a bidda' or is it a sin, or is it permissible? We would like the legislative ruling in detail (regarding this matter)and likewise the (ruling of) kissing upon the shoulder?

What is legislated upon meeting is to give salaam and to shake hands, and if the meeting is after a journey then what is legislated is hugging, for it is confirmed from the the authority of Anas, may Allah be pleased with him he said:

"The companions of the prophet sallahu alayhi wa salam when they used to meet each other they would shake hands with each other, and if they returned from a journey they would hug."

as for kissing of the cheeks then we do not know in the sunnah that which points to it.

And tawfeeq is with Allah, and may Allah send salaam upon our prophet Muhammad his family and companions.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fataawaa al-Lajnah ad-Daa'imah, Q.3 Fatwa No. 20222
Translated by Umm Mujaahid Naheeda bint Abdul Khaaliq bin Muhammad Faadil
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