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What is right, doing rafidain or not doing?

Is it right to do Rafayadain(ie raising hands on moments during prayer) or not to do(ie to rise hands only at begning), I have seen many people arguing on this issue, so I want to know your opinion on this issue?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination. QURAN(4:59)

Allah says in this verse: A believer should obey Allah and his messenger (pbuh) and the pious scholars or aalims, but if the two scholars are in dispute regarding any matter, in that case we should go back to Allah and his messenger (pbuh).

Thus if a dispute arises about any matter between the Muslims, they should turn to the Quran and the Sunnah for a decision and they should all submit to the decision.

Following this commandment of Allah we browsed quran and hadith for the solution of this dispute and we found these two authentic sayings of our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh).

Narrated Salim bin 'Abdullah: My father said, "Allah's Apostle used to raise both his hands up to the level of his shoulders when opening the prayer; and on saying the Takbir for bowing. And on raising his head from bowing he used to do the same and then say "Sami a-l-lahu Liman hamida, Rabbana walaka-l-hamd." And he did not do that (i.e. raising his hands) in prostrations. SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[VOL:1, BOOK:12, NO:702]

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas'ud: Alqamah said: Abdullah ibn Mas'ud said: Should I pray in the way the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) had performed it? He said: He prayed, raising his hands only once. ABU DAWOOD[book:3, hadith:747] ( al-Albani grades this hadith: Sahih)

Thus from the above guidance of our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh), we come to know that both the ways are present in sunnah, so if a believer follows any of the two ways with the intention of following the Sunnah of our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh), then it is absolutely fine. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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