The Qur’aan Majeed is not an ordinary book. Everything related to it is sacred and of the highest significance. Its text, its pages and its covers are all items of sanctity. While the primary purpose of the Qur’aan is to guide mankind, Tilaawat (Recitation) with or without understanding is an ibaadat of the highest merit. Touching and kissing the Qur’aan are also virtuous acts. What the modernist salafis claim in refutation of this is baseless.
It was the practice of Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) to kiss the Qur’aan Majeed and press it against his cheeks and forehead. In this practice he was not alone. Other Sahaabah too would express their love for the Qur’aan Majeed in this manner. Thus, kissing the Qur’aan, holding it against the breast and placing it on one’s head are all expressions of love which are permissible and good.