Touching the feet of elders when doing Salam to them.

Question

Salam sheikh!

Can u do salam to your elders by bowing down nd toching the feet then your heart i thought that was shirk? Bcoz it cme from hindu traditions and u can only bow down to Allah tala.

Answer

Walaikumussalam w w

You are right. There is no basis in shariat for this practice. And since there is tashabbuh with the Hindus it will not be permissible.

Whoever does it should be adviced to refrain from it. It is widespread in some cultures.

It in itself is not an act of shirk, because it’s not done to a ma’bood, nor is there any intention to worship the elders. So don’t call such a person a mushrik.

Wassalam