Akhbar al-Fuqaha Narration on Non Raf’ul Yadayn

This article by Shaykh Rayhan Jawaid examines a unique narration from the Akhbar al-Fuqaha of Imam Muhammad ibn Harith al-Khushani (D. 361AH) mentioning the abrogation of the raising of the hands in Salah after the initial Takbir (Tark Raf’ul Yadayn fis Salah) from the Sahabi – ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (radhiallahu ‘anh). In doing so, Shaykh Rayhan Jawaid has replied to Zubair Ali Zai from the Ahle Hadith sect in Pakistan.

Translated from:

Qurratul Aynayn bi Jawab Nurul Aynayn‘ (pp. 164-182) of Shaykh Rayhan Jawaid

Translated by:

Ustadh Zeeshan Ahmed

Edited by:

Shaykh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed

The narration of Akhbarul Fuqaha wal Muhaddithin (of Imam Muhammad ibn Harith al-Khushani):

Uthman ibn Muhammad narrated to me, he said that ‘Ubaydullah ibn Yahya said to me: Uthman ibn Sawada ibn ‘Abbad narrated to me from Hafs ibn Maysara from Zayd ibn Aslam from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radhiallahu ‘anh); he said:
‘We would, with the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in Makka, raise our hands at the beginning of Salah and within Salah at the time of ruku’. Then when the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) migrated to Madina, he left raising the hands within Salah at the time of ruku’ and continued to raise the hands at the beginning of Salah.’
[Akhbarul Fuqaha wal Muhaddithin, pg. 214, Abu Shu’ayb [Shaykh Rayhan Jawaid] said: Its chain of transmission is authentic (isnaduhu Sahih)]


In this authentic narration it clearly displays the Makki and the Madani practice. I mean that raising of the hands began in Makka and stayed during the Madani period until Allah willed. Then in the latter days it was abrogated and left, while the initial raising of the hands continued. This is Sunna and the Hanafis, Malikis and other than them practice upon it.


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  1. Assalamu alykum, i spent 2 yrs just researching on raf al yadayn and both evidences were very strong, the hanafis have also a very strong position and this work above shows mashallah intelligent work of the scholar.

    Zubair has been answered intelligently with clear evidences of the chain step by step.. Alhamdulillah Mashallah

    This has benefited me alot, please keep up this good work, it is necessary for this time and age to spread the truth when the deviants have power and money to spread there wicked ways distorting books and indirectly insulting the salaf.

    May Allah enlighten us from amongst you more true knowledge for masses to read and understand Ameen.

    PS: اللهم صلي وسلم وبارك علي سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين

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