Placing Hands in Prayer

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed

Where should one place one’s hands when praying? Does this differ for women?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

A. While standing in prayer to recite the fatiha, the sunna is to place one’s hands under one’s chest and above the navel, grasping the left hand with the right, as has been mentioned in the Minhaj.  There is no difference between men and women in this regard.


Amjad Rasheed
Amman, Jordan

(Shaykh Amjad Rasheed has spent several years studying Shafi’i fiqh in Jordan, Syria, and Hadramawt.  He currently lives and teaches in Amman.)


السؤال: أين أضع يدي في القيام عندما أصلي؟ هل هذا الحكم يختلف للنسآء؟ جواب:السنة أن يضع المصلي يديه حال القيام لقرآءة الفاتحة تحت صدره وفوق سرته آخذاً بيمينه يسارَه كما في “المنهاج” ، وسواء في ذلك الرجل والمرأة بلا فرق .