When Should One Raise Hands in Duaa?
Raising Hands while Making Duaa (Supplication)
When should one raise hands in duaa (supplication? When should not one raise hands in supplication?
It is very essential to know that du`aa’ (supplication) is one of the greatest acts of worship.
Almighty Allah says:
And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. (Al-Baqarah 2: 186)
An-Nu`man ibn Bashir (May Allah be pleased with them) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Du`aa’ (supplication) is worship.” (Abu Dawud)
The basic principal in supplication is that one should raise hands in making duaa, except when duaa is a part on another worship. Examples of such acts of worship include prayer, khutbah (sermon), tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah), etc. Prayer includes du`aa’ at the beginning of the prayer, in ruku` (bowing), when standing up from ruku`, in sujud (prostration) and in the sitting between the two prostrations.
For more information about the etiquettes of raising hand while making supplication, watch this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.