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Lowering the Hands in Prayer is against the Sunnah

Lowering the Hands in Prayer is against the Sunnah

Question :  What is the ruling on lowering the hands in prayer?

Answer:  Lowering the Hands in prayer is against the Sunnah. The Sunnah for the worshipper is to place the right hand on the left hand; and it has been authentically reported in Sahih al – Bukhari in the Hadith of Sahl bin Sa’d that he said : “:The people were ordered to place the right hand over the left forearm in prayer.” ( Al- Bukhari mo.740)

And this is a General Order, unless he stops it in order to bow which requires him to place his hands on his knees, or prostrate, in which the hands are on the floor, or the sitting, in which the hands are on his thighs. But as long as he remains standing, the right hand should be on the left forearm before bowing and after bowing .

Shaykh Ibn ‘ Uthaymeen

Fatawa Islamiyyah

Vol. 2 pgs 237-238

  1. Ibn Shamsud-Deen as-Salafee
    February 9, 2007 at 10:40 am

    As-Salaamu ‘alaykum ya akh.

    From this fatwa, can i take it that the Shaykh rahimahullaah held the opinion that one should place his right hand on the left forearm after the rising from rukoo’, just like the opinion of Shaykh Ibn Baaz rahimahullaah?

  2. February 9, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Wa ‘alaykum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Barak Allahu feek akhi. I will find out inshaAllah what the opinion of Ibn Uthaymeen was on this issue. And I’ll post it here.


  3. February 16, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    As salaamu ‘alaykum akhi

    I did not find out what Ibn Uthaymeen’s opinion was on this issue but a brother guided me towards a fatwa from Shaykh Rabee where he said that we have to have gentleness and easiness in this matter.

    There is easiness in this matter so if we were to see someone who puts his hands on the chest after rising from ruku or he lowers his arms, then we have to be kind and gentle and not behave with sternness in this issue.

    The fatwa will be available soon on calgaryislam.com, so the brother asked me not to make it public rite now. : )

    Barak Allahu feek.


  4. Ibn Shamsud-Deen as-Salafee
    February 24, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Wa ‘alaykum as-Salaamu wa rahmatullaah.

    Na’am. There’s lenience in the matter, inshaa-Allaah, even though in Sifaat Salaatun-Nabee, Shaykh al-Albaanee described the action to be a clear innovation.

    Wallaahu a’lam.

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