Raising the Hands in Congregational Supplication – Shaikh Bin Baz

Question: Sometimes after the class or lesson: the speaker makes supplication and he raises his hands. So do we sit with him during this collective supplication or leave before the speaker begins making the supplication?

Answer: “There is no harm in supplicating after the lecture or after an admonishment or reminder, there is no harm in making supplication. Supplicating for the attendees for Tawfeeq (divine success), guidance, correctness of intention, action. However, raising the hands for the likes of this, then I do not know any evidence for it. I do not know raising the hands was reported from the Prophet (ﷺ) except in general. Generally raising the hands and it is the means of supplication to be answered. However, it is not preserved that the Prophet (ﷺ) used to give a admonishment to the people, remind them, then raise his hands, and supplicate. If he did this, the Companions radaillah anhum would have recorded it for they did not leave anything except they recorded it. So what is more deserving and safe, is not to raise the hands in the likes of this except with an evidence that proves that. As for him supplicating for them after the lesson: “may Allah forgive you”, “facilitate for you”, or “benefit you by what we mentioned” or what resembles that, then there is no harm in this. So if the audience says Ameen, then there is no harm with that“.

[Noor ‘ala Darb no. 610]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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