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Should one raise hands when going into Ruku’ and coming out of it?

 

Should one raise hands when going into Ruku’ and coming out of it?

 

 

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Bara'a bin A’azib (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said that when the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would stand up for Salaat, He would raise both His hands to the extent that both his thumbs would become parallel to His ears.  This is related by Imam Ahmed Ishaq bin Rahwai.  Daraqutni has also related this in his Sunan and Ibn Abi Shaiba has also related this.

 

Tahaawi, Bukhari and Muslim also relate similarly.

 

The Hadith related by Daraqutni has the addition that (except for the Opening Takbeer), the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would not raise His hands again anywhere else in the Salaat.

 

Second Hadith

 

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Hakeem (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said:  I have seen Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘'Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him), at the time of the first Takbeer (the Opening Takbeer) i.e. when starting the Salaat, would raise his hands up to his ears and apart from the Opening Takbeer would not raise his hands again during the Salaat.  This is related by Imam Muhammad.

 

Third Hadith

 

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said:  I will offer Salaat and thus show you how the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would offer Salaat.  After saying this, he stood up for Salaat and raised his hands only once (i.e. only at the time of the Opening Takbeer).  He did not repeat that (i.e. raising of hands) in the whole Salaat.

 

It is mentioned in another Hadith that he did not raise his hands (except for the Opening Takbeer).  This is related by Nasai.

 

‘Allama Hashim Madani (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) has written in his book Kash Ul Rain ‘An Mas'alati Rafa’ Il Yadain that the chain of narration of this Hadith of Nasai is (rigorously authenticated) as per (the standards of Bukhari and Muslim).  Thus, this Hadith of Nasai is as rigorously authenticated as the Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim.

 

Fourth Hadith

 

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Alqama (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said:  Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) said to us:  Shall I not lead you in Salaat in the manner of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)?  (‘Alqama (May Allah be well pleased with him) said)  When Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) said this and led us in Salaat, he raise his hands only once at the time of the Opening Takbeer.  (.i.e. he did not raise his hands again in the whole Salaat).  This is related by Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood and Nasai.

 

Fifth Hadith

 

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Alqama (May Allah be well pleased with him) that once Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) said (to the people):  Come!  Let us offer the Salaat of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) (.i.e. show you practically when and where did the Prophet raise hands in Salaat).

 

Then he offered Salaat and raised his hands only once (at the time of the Opening Takbeer).  After this, he didn’t raise his hands anywhere else in the Salaat.  This is related by Tirmidhi.

 

Tirmidhi says that there is a Hadith on the authority of Hadhrat Bara'a bin A’azib (May Allah be well pleased with him) also in this regard.  Tirmidhi has also said that this Hadith of ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) is fairly authenticated (Hasan).

 

Many Companions and Successors (May Allah be pleased with them all) agree that in Salaat hands should not be raised anywhere else (apart from the Opening Takbeer).  This is also the opinion of Sufyan Thauri and the scholars of Kufa.  This is also the position of the Hanafi School of jurisprudence.

 

[Excerpted from Noor Ul Masabeeh, Vol. 2]

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