As’salamu alaikum Wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu,
I want to learn the proper adab/mannerism of visiting a Shaikh like:
– Sitting near him – Can it be like the way Sayedna Jibrael (as) did when he (as) came to teach deen to Sahaba (ra) i.e. Knees touching with the Knees?
– Kissing of hands / putting his hands on head for Barakah
– Proper way of addressing
Kindly teach me the proper way as I have attended the gatherings of Shuyukhs but did not approach them to meet personally lest I do some thing improper to disrespect them with my ignorance.
The most important thing is to keep love and respect in your heart when visiting. Kissing hand and sitting near is allowed if easily feasible. Giving a gift is purity as stated in the Holy Qur’an (58:12). Asking him to make du`a for you and bless you is recommended. Address when addressed to, clearly and to the point. Listen to his recommendation very attentively and take it to heart.
Hajj Gibril Haddad