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that any time Imam 'Ali (AS) would stand for prayer, he would be like a fixed structure or a straight pillar, not moving at all, and sometimes when he would bow or prostrate, (he would be so still that] a bird would perch itself on him. Nobody was ever able to match the prayer of the Prophet (SAWA) apart from 'Ali b. Abi Talib and 'Ali b. al-Husayn (i.e. Imam Zayn al-'Abidin] (AS).'

Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir [as]
Da'a'im al-Islam, v. 1, p. 159

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Question : #733 Category: Salaat / Prayers
Subject: Folding Non folding of hands
Question: 1.During one of the prayers, the Prophet was ordered to un-fold his hands to reveal the hypocrytes.

My question: Did the Prophet ever start folding his hands in the prayers? If not, who re-introduced the folding of the hands.

2. Sometimes when I am travelling, I visit Ahle Sunnat mosque for Friday prayers. Do I need to fold the hands to mantain the unity and discipline of the prayer.

Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.

Iqbal Hussain
Answer: The Holy Prophet (sawa) always performed his prayers with his hands down by his sides, and this is reinforced by the Maliki School of Thought as they also perform their prayers similar to the Shi'a.

It's introduction can be dated back during the time of the Prophet (sawa) that some companions used to pray with their hands folded, and this trend continued until it was reinforced by the Sunni Schools of Thoughts (except the Maliki School).

If a person folds his hands as a mark of humility and reverence, his prayers will be void, but this is based on precautionary rule. However, there is no doubt about it being haraam, if it is done believing that it is ordained by Shariah.

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