Q: Do we need to move the finger or just raise it while reciting tashahhud?
A: According to the Hanafi Mazhab, one will raise the finger and thereafter lower it. The index finger will be raised at the time one recites “Ashhadu alla ilaaha” and be lowered at the time one recites “illallah”.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.