Mustafa, on 25 September 2011 - 09:42 AM, said:
Bro, this question about bowing to the teacher as a sign of respect was asked by someone and Ayatollah Sistani answered. From what I understood, your bow should not be as low as your ruku in prayer.
What is respect and what is Shirk? When I am requested to bow in class for example, how am I not breaking the law of either Allah or the other party? ... I want to train and have no spiritual conflict.
The following two questions on bowing were referred to AyatullahSeestani (May Allah (swt) grant him a long life). We are grateful to allthose who assisted us in the consultation, formulation and referral of thesequestions to the Marja.
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Q1. When the name of one of the Fourteen Ma'sumeen (a.s.) is mentioned, whatkind of show of respect is appropriate and permissible:
a) only in our heart and mind?
b ) in our heart as well as by bowing down of the head from the neck?
c) in our heart as well as by bowing down of the upper body from the waist?
A1. In the name of the Almighty. All these exp
ressions of respect is permissible. However, it is better (ihtiyat) to refrain from bowing down from the waist (like ruku) for other than Almighty Allah.
Q2. In some sports like Judo, Karate, Sword..., it is necessary to bow your head or bow the upper body from the waist as a sign of respect for the trainer or the audience. In such kind of bowing, there is not intention of worship. Is these kind of exp
ression of respect permissible?
A2. It is permissible; but adherence to the ihtiyat mentioned above is better.
Allah knows the best.
25 Sha`ban 1417
Ali al-Husayni As-Sistani