Sunnah of the Week: Raising Hands During Du’aa – Sunday 9th Dec.2012
Raising hands during a du’aa is a Sunnah act. What confirms this?
The Hadith of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) when he said, “Allah is shy and Most Gracious, He is shy that the slave raises his hands unto Him (in Du’aa) and then return them empty.” [Saheeh al-Jami]
This Hadith indicates that raising your hand is a means of acceptance of the du’aa by Allah.
There are four kinds of Hadith’s regarding this matter:
1) Hadith which say you shouldn’t –
- During Jumu’ah Khutbah. Neither the Imam nor the Ma’mum raise their hand based on the Hadith of the Sahabah Umarah ibn Ruaybah (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu), when he saw Bishr ibn Marwan raise his hand while he was giving the sermon. The Sahabi disapproved of Bishr ibn Marwan raising his hands when making du`aa upon delivering the Friday Khutbah because the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) only did so once, when he asked Allaah for rain.
2) Hadith’s which say you should –
a. After performing Salat al-Istisqa (prayer for rain ), the Imam raises his hand invoking Allaah. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) did that excessively.
- During Hajj,after throwing pebbles, the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) went aside and asked Allaah raising his hand
- Also on the Day of ‘Arafah
- At Safa and Marwah, when you raise on the mount.
3) Hadiths where it apparently seems not to raise hands –
- Du’aa after Tashahhud, before tasleem.
- Between the two Sajdahs when you supplicate you do not, although you are making du’aa.
- When you are making tawaf around ka’bah.
4) Hadith’s which don’t quote but it is permissible – When you want to make du’aa any time.
Shaikh bin ‘Uthaymeen (Rahimahullaah) was asked, “There are some people who raise their hands after the voluntary prayers believing that this is Sunnah” He said, “Doing this every time is not Sunnah, it is close to Bid’ah. The prophet never raised his hand after the Salat.”
He also said, “When you make du’aa in the obligatory prayer during your prostration and before tasleem, this is the most accepted position of du’aa to invoke Allaah”
There is no supplication after the prayer, only dhikr. After your prayer there is no need to raise your hands. If you want to make a du’aa, make it before tasleem as it is more accepted by Allaah. You can make this du’aa in any language, although invoking in Arabic is the best.