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Worship consists of ten parts, nine of which are to do with earning a lawful living.'

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 103, p. 18, no. 81

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Question : #100 Category: Shia Sunni Dialogue
Subject: Praying open hands to close hands
Question: Did the Prophet Muhammad pray open or close hands, and when did this division take place?
Answer: The Prophet (s) prayed with his hands open. I do not know the exact instance that this division took place, although it is commonly known that it took place during the reign of the second caliph.
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I recently had a short discussion about this with a Sunni sister and she said that they do that as a sign of respect, as when someone who was approaching Prophet Muhammad (saw) did before him. My questions are; is it respectful? is it obligatory or optional? And finally where and why did this tradition arise? Thank you!

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