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It is Permissible for a Man to Kiss His Daughter

Is it permissible for a man to kiss his daughter, once she has grown up and reached the age of maturity - whether she is married or unmarried - and whether the kiss is on her cheek or on her mouth or elsewhere? And if she kisses him in these places, what is the ruling?

There is no sin in a man kissing his small or adult daughter without desire, on condition that it is on the cheek if it is an adult. This is according to the confirmed narration on the authority of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, may Allaah be pleased with him, in which it is stated that he kissed daughter, Aishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, on the cheek. Kissing on the mouth could lead to the arousal of sexual desire, so it is better and more prudent to avoid it. Similarly, the daughter may kiss her father on his nose or on his head without desire. As for with desire, that is forbidden by all, without any dispute, due to the element of temptation and trial (Fitnah) it would include, and in order to prevent what may lead to evil deeds (unlawful sexual acts).

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 5 Page 119
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