Performing Ruku‘ (bowing) to one’s parents? – The Permanent Committee

Q 7: Is it permissible to perform Ruku‘ (bowing) to one’s parents?

This is impermissible and is tantamount to Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship).

Ruku‘ is a form of worship, just like Sujud (prostration); therefore, it is impermissible to bow or prostrate before anyone other than Allah the Exalted.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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