Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim

The Index Finger During Prayer

How does one move the finger sitting in Salah according to the Hanbali Madhhab?  Is it with the name of Allah (every time the name of Allah is mentioned)?  Or just kept straight?

al-salamu `alaykum

The opinion that my sheikh (may Allah preserve him) taught me and that he practices himself is that the finger is raised whenever the Majestic Name "Allah" is mentioned. My sheikh says that this should be done outside of prayer, as well.

Another opinion is that the finger simply remains pointed the entire time, without moving.

Ibn Muflih gives a detailed list of the different ways of doing this in Al-Furu` (1:441).

And Allah knows best,

wa al-salamu `alaykum