Bowing when saying Salam

Q 3: Is it permissible for children to bow when greeting or meeting their elders to show respect or honor them?

A: Scholars are unanimous that it is impermissible to bow to any creature. Bowing should only be to Allah to express His glorification. Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have prohibited bowing to other than Allah. In the Hadith (Part No. 24; Page No. 131) reported on the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), a man asked him: O Messenger of Allah, should a person bow when he meets his Muslim brother or friend? He said: No. (Related by Al-Tirmidhy and Ibn Majah) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.