Raising the hands in prayer
Fatwa No: 87198

Question

What is the way according to the Sunnah to raise hands: When (while) rising from Ruku’ or after rising from Ruku’? How the hands should be raised: all the time (if rising from Ruku’) until completely straightening up or only once (putting them down before straightening up)?

Answer

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

 

Raising hands in prayer is in three places as it is confirmed in Saheeh Al-Bukhari and Muslim, from the Hadeeth of Ibn 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him the text of which is as follows:

"The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to raise his hands to the level of his shoulders when beginning the prayer, when saying Allaahu Akbar when bowing down, and when standing up from Rukoo’ (bowing down position)."

Ibn Hajar  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: "The majority of the scholars agreed on this, except the scholars of Koofah (Iraq)."

Besides, Ibn 'Abdul Bar  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: "No one reported from Maalik that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to pray without raising hands, apart from Ibn Al-Qaassim. The view we adopt is raising hands, according to the Hadeeth of Ibn 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him; this is also the Hadeeth narrated by Ibn Wahab and others reported by Maalik, and nobody else reported from Maalik other than At-Tirmithi."

As regards when it is permissible to raise the hands; this is a matter which is easy. Al-Albaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said under the title “Raising hands”: "He (the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )) used to raise his hands sometimes when saying ‘Allaahu Akbar’, sometimes after saying ‘Allaahu Akbar’, and sometimes before saying ‘Allaahu Akbar’ "

Allaah Knows best.

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