Hugging On Occasions Of Joy And Sadness


Is hugging on occasions of joy or sadness considered a Bidat or not if is done merely to congratulate or console each other like on Eid day, Nikaah, rain falls after a long time, someone passes away?


Hugging (Mu’aanaqah) is evident in Shariah on occasions of meeting each other after some period of absence, not for congratulating or consoling. Similarly is handshaking (Musaafahah) done on meeting another and not for the reason of congratulating, expressing joy or consoling, etc. To hug
each other, or even to meet and shake hands, because of a sad or joyous event will thus constitute a Bid’ah especially since its constant practice will lead the masses to believe that it is a Sunnah and part of Deen.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.


في رد المحتار : ونقل في تبيين المحارم عن الملتقط أنه تكره المصافحة بعد أداء الصلاة بكل حال، لأن الصحابة – رضي الله تعالى عنهم – ما صافحوا بعد أداء الصلاة، ولأنها من سنن الروافض اهـ ثم نقل عن ابن حجر عن الشافعية أنها بدعة مكروهة لا أصل لها في الشرع، وأنه ينبه فاعلها أولا ويعزر ثانيا ثم قال : وقال ابن الحاج من المالكية في المدخل إنها من البدع، وموضع المصافحة في الشرع، إنما هو عند لقاء المسلم لأخيه لا في أدبار الصلوات فحيث وضعها الشرع يضعها فينهى عن ذلك ويزجر فاعله لما أتى به من خلاف السنة اهـ.
(٣٨١/٦ مكتبة سعيد).

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