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Part 2 – Placing the Hands Back on the Chest after the Rukoo’

Placing the Hands Back on the Chest after the Rukoo’

Taken from the

‘Original Sifat as-Salah’



Shaykh Muhadith

Muhammad Nasir- Deen Al-Albaani



Translated by

Abbas Abu Yahya


Shaykh al-Albaani said in the ‘Original Sifat as-Salah’:

Section: Rukoo’ /Prolonging the Rukoo’ and the obligation of being tranquil during it.


The Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- used to order to being tranquil in the Rukoo’; and he said to the person who did not pray properly:

‘then raise your head until you are standing straight; [until every bone goes back to its place], (and in a narration: ‘and when rise from Rukoo’; then straighten your back, and raise your head until the bones go back to their joints’)

And the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- mentioned: ‘that no one’s prayer is complete, if he does not do that.’(1)


(1) This is from the hadeeth of Abu Hurairah, and the extra wording and that which follows it is from the hadeeth of Rifa’ah bin Rafa’.

{And the intent of the word ‘bone’ here is: the connected bones of the back and the spine – as is mentioned before in (standing up straight after the Rukoo’…)


Notice: Indeed the intent of this hadeeth is clear and evident and it is to have tranquility during the Rukoo’.

As for what some of our brothers from the people of Hijaaz and from other than them, use from the hadeeth as proof to show the legislation of placing the right hand on the left in this position of standing after the Rukoo’. Then this hadeeth differs from the collective narrations of the hadeeth – as is well known – amongst the Fuqaha (scholars of Fiqh) entitled ‘the hadeeth of the one who prayed incorrectly’.

Rather this use of evidence is invalid; because this placing of the hands has not been mentioned about the first standing of the prayer in any of the different hadeeth or their wordings.  So how can it be permissible to explain it as the placing of the hands as has been mentioned, by placing the left hand with the right after Rukoo’?


And this is if he supported that, with the wordings of this hadeeth collectively in this section/topic.

So how can it be since it indicates clearly in contrast to this?!

Then the placing of hands which they mentioned is not what is immediately understood from the hadeeth at all.

Since the meaning of the word: (bones) is the backbones – as is mentioned – and what supports what has preceded is the action of the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- : ‘……. He stood straight until every bone of the spine returned to its place.’ so reflect upon this objectively.


I do not doubt that placing the hands on the chest in this standing is an innovation and misguidance.  Since it has not been mentioned at all in any of the Ahadeeth of prayer – and there are so many of them! If this issue had a foundation, then it would have been transmitted/conveyed to us even if there was one chain for this action.  What strengthens this opinion, is that not one of the Salaf did this and it was not mentioned by any one of the Imams of hadeeth, as far as I know.


And this does not oppose what Shaykh Tawayjari conveyed in his booklet (p.18-19) from Imam Ahmad -Rahimullaah- that he said: ‘if the person wants; he can leave his hands by the side after coming up from Rukoo’ and if the person wants he can place his hands.’

(This meaning is what is mentioned by Salih bin Imam Ahmad in ‘Masaileehi’ (p.90) from his father.)


Imam Ahmad did not ascribe this to the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-, rather he said this with his Ijtihad and his opinion, and an opinion can be wrong.


So if there is authentic evidence about an issue being a Bida’ – like this issue that we are dealing with, then just because an Imam said this, then it does not negate it being a Bida’ – just like Shaykhul-Islaam  Ibn Taymeeyah -Rahimullaah- affirmed in some of his books – ; rather, indeed we find in this statement of Imam Ahmad, that which indicates that  this placing of the hands after the Rukoo’ as has been mentioned, is not established in the Sunnah according to Imam Ahmad himself, because indeed he himself chose (optional) between doing it and leaving it!


So does the noble Shaykh [Tawayjari] think that the Imam also allowed choosing between placing the hands before the Rukoo’ ?!


It is affirmed that this way of placing of the hands which has been mentioned is not from the Sunnah and that is the intent here.’


[Taken from the Original Sifat as-Salah vol 2 p.700- 701]