Q183 :In our part of the world, people argue a great
deal whether it is better to be standing up or seated when we pray
Allah to grant peace and blessings to Prophet Muhammad. Which position
is the correct one?
A183 : It is of little consequence whether you are
standing up or seated when you make such a prayer. Allah commands us to
remember and glorify Him when we are standing up, seated or lying down.
It is perfectly acceptable to read the Qur'an in any of these
positions. Therefore, it is acceptable to request Allah to grant his
blessings to the Prophet in any position [ so long as the request is
addressed to Allah only]. Moreover, why should this matter be the
subject of argument among Muslims? And why do they allow it to divide
them the way you describe? [ Why should Muslims prefer one position to
the other? Why should Muslims change their position especially when
requesting Allah to grant his blessings to the Prophet; shifting from
the position they are in? When all positions are equally acceptable,
the change or preference of one position over the other is something
alien and that would make it unacceptable.] All of us love the Prophet
and know that Allah wants us to follow his example. Indeed, that is the
proper demonstration of loving him. We do not demonstrate our love for
him by quarreling over a matter of detail, but we do show our love by
following his guidance.
Our Dialogue ( Source : Arab News - Jeddah )