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Q. My question is very simple. What is the Islamic view on husband and wife  showing affection towards each other in public. This is done not as a public  show, but natural actions and reaction out of love for each other. Please back up with Hadith if possible. By affection, i refer to husband holding wifes hand or kissing wifes cheek, nothing rude or vulgar, just love.


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Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Islam commands modesty and chastity. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has said " Modesty is a branch of Imaan (faith)" and in other ahadith it has been narrated that when modesty leaves a person then the person does as he pleases. Behaving intimately in public is not in conformity with Islamic behaviour and values.

Generally, when Muslims observe the intimate behaviour of non Muslims in public we feel ashamed. Because modesty has become virtually non existent in the lives of people, these finer concepts of morality and chastity are not deemed to be shameful. It is the influence of a carefree environment and strong media influence that has made people insensitive towards these acts.This influence has to an extent also caused Muslims to become apologetic towards western mannerisms and critical of our own Islamic values.

Intimacy is inherently a private practice and for centuries human beings have always guarded and respected these limitations. For Muslims, intimacy is a treasured interaction between two chaste people and should be confined to strict privacy. Senior Ulama have even gone to the extent of advising that Muslim parents should not behave intimately in the presence of their children as this will impact negatively upon the the character of the innocent children.

May Allah Ta'ala bless us with the qualities of modesty and chastity. Aameen.

And Allah Ta'ala knows best.

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