Raising the hands during prayer

4-8-2005 | IslamWeb


I want to know how we should raise our hands before going into Rukoo', should the hands be raised directly from the chest position of Qiyam or hands should be first put down from chest position and then raised before going into Rukoo'.


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.


Imaam Muslim may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported from Ibn 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that when the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) would start his prayer he used to raise his hands until they reached the level of his shoulders, then said "Allaahu Akbar", and when he intended to bow down (to make Rukoo', he used to do the same and when he stood up from bowing he used to do the same, but he did not do the same (raise his hands) when he got up from the prostration".

So, what appears from this Hadeeth is that the raising of the hands is directly from the chest without letting the hands go down first, as letting the hands go down before raising then up to the shoulders is an additional act that is not mentioned in the Hadeeth.

Allaah Knows best.