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When Should We Raise Our Hands During Salah?

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When Should We Raise Our Hands During Salah? Salah is part of muslim's life. There is no day without doing salah, except for female muslims during their periode or nifas (a periode of time when blood comes out of vagina after giving birth).

Muslims do 5 times of salah within 24 hours. Fajr salah is done when dawn comes, Duhur is when sun above our head.

Asar salah is done every afternoon, Maghrib is when night starts to fall (dusk) and Isha salah is when it's completely dark.

During salah, how many times should we raise our hands?


How Many Kinds of Salah?

Salah is one of pillars in Islam. A muslim is called a muslim when he/she performs salah everyday.

There are obligatory salah, and sunnah salah. Obligatory salah consists of Subuh (Fajr), Duhur, Ashr, Maghrib and Isha prayer. A muslim who doesn't do these 5 salahs is a sinner. There is no doubt about it.

While sunnah salah is an option. When a muslim does it, he/she is rewarded. But when he/she leaves it, there is no sin for him/her. There are 2 kinds of sunnah salah: the strongly advicable (muakkad) and the less strongly advicable (ghairu muakkad).

Rasulullah Muhammad shalallahu alaihi wasallam had given many examples of sunnah salah. There are rawatib salah (salah before and/or after obligatory salah), tahajud (night salah), tarawih (night salah during Ramadan), etc.

After each salah, it's advicable for muslims to perform zikir or dhikr, that is to remember Allah always.

When to Raise Hands During Salah

According to one hadith, Ibnu Omar said that Rasulullah Shalallahu alaihi wa sallam raised his two hands 4 times.

The first one is when performing takbiratul ihram (the very first takbir). It is when we start the salah and say, "Allahu akbar."

The second one is when bowing to do rukuk. We move our body from standing up to bowing position and say, "Allahu akbar."

The third place is when we raise our body from rukuk to itidal. We say, "Sami allahu liman hamidah."

The last one is when raising for third rakaah (after doing first tasyahud).

Those are the moments when we raise our hands during salah. Have you done all of the things mentioned above? May Allah gives us guidance always.

Diah Dwi Arti
Diah Dwi Arti
Muslimah | Madiun, Indonesia | Mom of three | email: diah.d.arti [at]

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