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Raising The Hands Between Prostrations

What is the evidence for raising the hands between prostrations, and how strong is it?

asSalamu `alaykum:

Hanbal ibn Ishaq said: I heard Abu `Abd Allah as a man asked him about the raising of hands during Salat, he replied: "It is narrated from Rasulillah sallallahu `alayhi wa Alihi wa Sallam with several chains and from his Companions that they did it upon opening the prayer, before bowing in ruku`, and upon raising the head after ruku`." I said to him: "What about between the two sajdas?" He said: "No." Source: al-`Ulaymi, al-Manjah al-Ahmad 1:115-116.

The most complete treatment Ive seen of the weakness of the reports pertaining to raf` between the sajdatayn is in al-`Iraqi's Tarh al-Tathrib. Dr. Nur al-Din `Itr says it is the act of the people of bid`a to insist on doing it after consensus has formed that it is not done. WAllahu a`lam.

Hajj Gibril