Should we raise hands only once in entire prayer? or what is the truth?

There is no GOD except ALLAAH alone and He is LORD of Mighty Throne.

InshaALLAAH, we shall see what is the truth from following Ahadith which states both raising of Hands More than once and only once. And decide  which is to be followed…🤔

I) AHADITH which states to raise the hands during prayer only once 

(a)The hadeeth narrated by Abu Dawood (749) from al-Baraa’ ibn ‘Aazib, which says that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to raise his hands almost to his ears when he started to pray, then he did not repeat (this action).

(b)The hadeeth narrated by Abu Dawood (748) from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: “Shall I not lead you in prayer as the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did?” Then he prayed and he only raised his hands once.

Now let’s check what scholars of ahadith ( Muhadditheen ) has to say about these ahadith

these ahaadeeth were classed as da’eef (weak) by the imams of hadeeth.

(a)The hadeeth of al-Baraa’ was classed as da’eef by Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah, al-Shaafa’i, al-Humaydi the shaykh of al-Bukhaari, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Yahya ibn Ma’een, al-Daarimi, al-Bukhaari, and others.

(b)The hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ood was classed as da’eef by ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Mubaarak, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, al-Bukhaari, al-Bayhaqi, al-Daaraqutni and others. Similarly, the reports which were narrated from some of the Sahaabah about not raising the hands are all da’eef.

Reference :Talkhees al-Habeer by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar, 1/221-223.

(II) AHADITH which states raising of Hands more once in prayer 

Narrated Salim bin `Abdullah:

My father said, “Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to raise both his hands up to the level of his shoulders when opening the prayer; and on saying the Takbir for bowing. And on raising his head from bowing he used to do the same and then say “Sami`a l-lahu liman hamidah, Rabbana wa laka l-hamd.” And he did not do that (i.e. raising his hands) in prostrations

Sahih al-Bukhari 735

This conceptual ahadith were being repeated in umpteen places in kitabu sittah ( six collections Book of ahadith)

like 

(1) Sahih al-Bukhari 735, 736, 739
(2) sahih Muslim 390 a,b , 391b

(3) Sunan Abi Dawood 720,721,726

(4) Sunan Nasa’i 1103, 1182

(5) Sunan Ibn Majah 858, 863, 864

(6) Jam’i at-tirmidhi 3423

(III) NOW let’s analyze what ‘Ulaama(scholars) has to say about this concept

Ibn al-Qayyim(may ALLAAH have mercy on him)  said: “Look at the practice at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and the Sahaabah after him. They used to raise their hands in prayer when doing rukoo’, and when standing up again. And in the time of the Sahaabah, if ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar saw someone not raising his hands in prayer, he would throw a stone at him. 

Reference:  I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een , 2/376

(IV) FOR more knowledge on this concept click these links

(a) Raising of Hands during prayer-1

(b) Raising of Hands during prayer-2

ALLAAH knows best

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