In the Salah, Put your Hand on your Heart, is this Correct ?
Put your Hand on your Heart, is this Correct
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On many occasions I see brother whose hands are upon their chest in the salah but there is a little twist to their understanding. Their left hand is upon their “heart” on their left breast and their right hand is placed on top of the left totally moving their shoulders out of line in the row to the point where his left shoulder is behind the brother standing to his left. Is this from the correct manners of straightening the rows “shoulder to shoulder”?
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Does anyone out their know of a reason for this practice? Is there any legislated text that it is based upon, please send it to me. Because I have never ever come across anything (Allahu Aalim) in the Sunnah or even anything from our Salaf to support this practice.
If you have nothing that comes close to the following Ahadeeth, then why do we do it? It is a cultural thing, from a particular culture or nation? Or is it the fact that it makes you feel good and you have come to think that because it makes you feel good it is BETTER than the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alahi wa sallam)? May Allah protect us all from such thoughts and actions.
“He used to place the right arm on the back of his left palm, wrist and forearm” [Abu Daawood, Nasaa'i & Ibn Khuzaimah (1/54/2) with a saheeh isnaad, and Ibn Hibbaan declared it saheeh (485], “and he commanded his companions to do likewise” [Maalik, Bukhaari & Abu `Awaanah], and (sometimes) “he would grasp his left arm with his right.”7 [Nasaa'i and Daaraqutni with a saheeh isnaad. In this hadeeth there is evidence that grasping is from the sunnah, and in the previous hadeeth that so is placing, so both are sunnah. As for the combination of holding and placing, which some of the later Hanafis hold to be good, then that is an innovation; its form as they state is to place the right hand on the left, holding the wrist with the little finger and the thumb, and laying flat the remaining three fingers, as described in Ibn `Aabideen's Footnotes on Durr al-Mukhtaar (1/454); so do not be confused by what they say.]
“He used to place them on his chest.” [Abu Daawood, Ibn Khuzaimah in his saheeh (1/54/2), Ahmad & Abu Shaikh in Taareekh Isbahaan (p. 125); Tirmidhi declared one of its isnaads hasan, and its meaning is found in Al-Muwatta' and Saheeh Al-Bukhaari if considered carefully. I have fully quoted the isnaads of this hadeeth in my book Ahkaam al-Janaa'iz (p. 118)].
Where in these Ahadeeth is there any indication that is should be to the left or to the right of the chest? Or are we now qualified to make ijtihaad (derive Islamic rulings for ourselves)?
Even to derive and Islamic ruling (if we were qualified to do so) would require some base text. Do we have anything from the Scholars of Sunnah to support this?
Then my question is as follows: Why do brothers do this and when they are advised that there is no basis for this they arrogantly reject the advice being given?
Are you such an individual is your pride more valuable to you than the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam)? Maybe it is. Otherwise why would anyone in their right mind go against the Sunnah of the best of Mankind (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)?
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May Allah guide us to that which earns His pleasure. May he open our hearts to accepting the truth and leaving off all practices that contradict it even if our hearts be attached to it.