Hands At Salah (Prayer)
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1. How to have both hands to be held while at Salah (Prayer):
2. While at Attahayyath position (sitting), how to position your fore finger?
1. The Sunna is to place the right palm over the left wrist.
This is thus stated in the marfu` hadith from Wa'il ibn Hujr in Ahmad,
Muslim, and the Sunan.
As for the elevation of the hands, all the different positions are
from the Prophet , and he clearly did not stick to a single one.
Ahmad said: one has a choice because all positions are narrated. This was
reiterated by our teacher Nur al-Din `Itr in his book on the hadiths of
Tahara and Salat, I`lam al-Anam Sharh Bulugh al-Maram (p. 499). So all are
correct and all are Sunna: chest, or below/on/above navel, and Allah knows
2. The Sunna is to point the finger during tashahhud.
The vast majority of the evidence, and the position adopted by the Four
Imams, is to point the index without moving in the tashahhud. All that was
reported from the Sahaba indicates there was no moving of the index
Furthermore, Abu Dawud and al-Nasa'i narrated from `AbdAllah ibn al-Zubayr
that the Prophet "would point with his finger when making du`a [in
tashahhud] without moving it". Furthermore the riwaya of moving is
by Ahmad, al-Nasa'i, Ibn Khuzayma, and Ibn Hibban from Wa'il ibn Hujr, but
Ahmad, Abu Dawud, al-Nasa'i, and others also report from Wa'il himself
through sounder chains that there was no moving of the index.
The chosen position in the Maliki madhhab-the only school stipulating
moving - is that such moving be done in the last tashahhud only, and in
order to put into practice the first narration of Wa'il. And Allah knows
As for the precise moment, direction, and duration of pointing in
they were not stipulated in the hadiths pertaining to tashahhud and
therefore are not a matter ordained by the Lawgiver, but other hadiths
that (1) the Prophet raised his index finger in the Farewell
Pilgrimage Address at the precise moment of saying: "O Allah! Bear
and (2) the Shahada of Tawhid is the best Dhikr, is a Qur'anic text, and
therefore the noblest passage of the first Tashahhud, and consequently the
worthiest of dinstinction through this distinguishing gesture.
it has been the practice of most the peopleof knowledge among the Sahaba
Tabi`in at the point of saying ILLAllah, as stated by al-Baghawi in Sharh
al-Sunna (3:177) and al-Bayhaqi in Ma`rifat al-Sunna (2:131). And Allah
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