Can you please tell me what is the correct way to offer Salaah ? I am a hanafi, but want to know whether following hanafi is important or the way Prophet Mohammed PBUH. I heard from my friend that there are more then hundred hadith about Prophet Mohammed PBUH that he used to raise his hands while going in ruku n before Sajdah. What is correct? If he really raised his hands, then why we are following differently? Pls clarify.

Can you please tell me what is the correct way to offer Salaah ? I am a hanafi, but want to know whether following hanafi is important or the way Prophet Mohammed PBUH. I heard from my friend that there are more then hundred hadith about Prophet Mohammed PBUH that he used to raise his hands while going in ruku n before Sajdah. What is correct? If he really raised his hands, then why we are following differently? Pls clarify.

Answer

(Fatwa: 1019/1019/M=1431)

Study the book “Namaz-e-Ahnaf” authored by Mufti Habibur Rahman Qasmi Allahabadi (Urdu) and “Fatawa Shami” etc (Arabic) books. You shall learn the correct method. Hanafi Fiqh is not any other way than the way of the holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Being a Hanafi, why do you ask whether the Hanafi Fiqh was more important or the way of the holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). It seems that you are misguided by some Ghair Muqallid. It is sunnah to raise hands at the time of takbir-e-tahrima according to all Imams. But hands should not be raised at the time of bowing for ruku before sajdah. Leaving rafa yadain is proved from the holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) which Imam Abu Hanifa and many other Imams (رحمهم الله) have adopted. The hadiths of rafa yadain are not preferable.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

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