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Is hugging and kissing friends allowed in Islam?

In Saudi, it is a culture to greet old friends with hugging and cheeks touching one another as form or respect and love. Is it allowed in Islam as i was told we cannot hug and perform the cheeks gesture as it is out of islam. Please enlighten me.


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Narrated Anas bin Malik:that a man said: "O Messenger of Allah! When a man among us meets his brother or his friend should he bow to him?" He said: "No." The man continued: "Should he embrace him and kiss him?" He said: "No." He said: "Should he take his hand and shake it?" He said: "Yes." hasan ( by al-Albaani) Jami` at-Tirmidhi [Vol. 5, Book 40, Hadith 2728]

An-nawawi says: hugging and kissing the face is disliked except for one who returns from travel or a child.

As for kissing at every meeting, this is not part of the Sunnah of greeting. There is evidence that indicates that this is not prescribed, and that it is sufficient to shake hands. In Islam, what is prescribed when meeting is to say salaam and shake hands, If the meeting is after a journey then it is prescribed to embrace as well.

Dear brother, you can hug your friends if they are returning from a journey, but you should avoid kissing. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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