Supplication: Raising hands in supplication

Q629 :A learned man has said that it is an innovation to raise one's hands in supplication after an obligatory prayer. Is this correct?


A629 : It has been authentically reported that the Prophet raised his hands in supplication during prayer. It is also reported that when he raised his hands in supplication, his armpits were seen through his sleeves. This report suggests that the Prophet was not in prayer when he did so. His companions would have been offering prayers with him. I see nothing wrong with raising hands in supplication. I think that an element of splitting hairs is involved when one says that you can raise your hands in supplication if you are offering a voluntary prayer but you may not do so after an obligatory prayer. I have not seen a Hadith restricting this practice.


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