How To Place the Hands and Fingers During the Tashahhud?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch 


What is the Sunna method of placing the hands and fingers during the Tashahhud?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

When sitting in the prayer, whether it be the first or last sitting, it is Sunna to place your hands on your thighs till the tip of the fingers is at the ends of the knees.

Then when one reaches the statement “Ashhadu an la ilaha,” one should clench the pinky, ring, and middle fingers, place the thumb’s tip on the middle finger’s middle knuckle and raise the pointer finger.

When saying “ill Allah,” one should lower the pointer finger and leave the hands in that position until the end of the sitting. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Hope this helps
Allahu A‘lam

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.