Where to place the Right Hand over the Left Hand in Prayer
Fatwa No: 369541

  • Fatwa Date:24-1-2018 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 8, 1439
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Question

Sheikh u didnt reply my question plz read it carefull and reply with a proper answer and if u dont wanna do it or dont have time to do so then plz say "NO" dont keep us waitting for answer and when answer came you reffer us to different quetion which not the answer of mine sp plz read it care fully.Assalam o alikum,sheikh what is the opinion of four imam regaurding put right hand over leftin salah as some people says grab ur wrist with pinky finger and thumb and put three straight and some says otherwise so i just want to know the opinion of four imam how they do combine(jama) between two hadiths "putting hands & grabbing hands"? Jazakallah

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The scholars of Fiqh differed in opinion about the method of putting the right hand over the left hand in prayer.

The following is the summary of their statements as quoted in the Fiqh Encyclopedia:

The scholars of Fiqh differed in opinion about the method of putting the right hand over the left and where to place the hands:

The method of putting the right hand over the left:

The Hanafi jurists distinguished between men and women in regard to putting the right hand over the left hand (in prayer). They are of the view that a man puts his right hand over the wrist of his left hand, by encircling his pinkie and thumb on the left hand's wrist, and he stretches the other three fingers (keeps them straight). Al-Kasani said: He makes a circle with his thumb, pinkie and ring finger and puts his middle finger and index finger on his wrist. As regards the woman, then she puts her right hand over her left hand.

The Maliki and the Hanbali jurists hold the view that he grabs his wrist with his right hand, because the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) placed his right hand over his left hand.

The Shaafi'i jurists said: He grabs with his right hand the wrist of his left hand and part of the forearm, and spreads his fingers along the width of the joint or spreads them (keeps them straight) towards the forearm, because Waa'il ibn Hujr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated saying: I said (to myself): I will watch how the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) prays. So I watched him and he placed his right hand over the back of his left hand, wrist and forearm.” [End of quote]

Allah knows best.

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