Standing to show honour and respect in Islam and Judaism

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In both Judaism and Islam to show certain individuals honour many have the custom of standing when they enter the room.

Standing up for scholars

Thou shalt rise up before the [wise]

– Kiddushin 32b, Judaism

Stand up for your master [the righteous and scholars – Imam al-Nawaw]

– Sahih Muslim 4368, Islam

It is permissible rather recommended to stand up out of reverence for a person that enters. It is also permissible to stand, even for the one who is reciting the Qur’an, for a knowledgeable scholar.

– Imam al-Haskafi, Islam

The Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was seated with us in the mosque and speaking to us. When he rose to depart, we all rose with him and remained standing until he entered any of the houses of his Blessed Wives.

– Mishkaat 196, Islam

Standing up for parents

when Rav Yosef heard his mother’s footsteps he would rise because the [his mother] was coming.

– Kiddushin 31b, Judaism

Fatima used to stand to welcome her father whenever he came to visit her.

– Hadith Abu Dawud 5175, Islam

My mother came to ask me something. Since she was standing, I stood up out of respect. When she left, I sat down again.

– Tartíbul Madárik, Islam

One cannot discuss this subject without mentioning that if someone’s pride leads them to want others to stand in their presence – it is forbidden in Islam to do so.

In Judaism it is also customary to rise for the elderly (as it is in certain circles in Islam), there is also a custom in Islam to rise for the dead.

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Standing to show honour and respect in Islam and Judaism