Question: What is the correct method of supplicating while the Imam sits between the two sermons?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate,
When the Imam sits between the two sermons one should engage in supplication (du’a) quietly. The ruling of being silent during the sermon lasts from the onset of the sermon till the end of the prayer. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah]
It is generally recommended as the etiquette of supplication to raise the hands during it.
This is the sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Umar (Allah be pleased with him) said, “When the Messenger of Allah would raise his hands in supplication, he would not put them down till He wiped His face with them.” [Tabrizi, Mishkat al-Masabih]
However, this does not apply to the Jumu’a prayer not even during the sitting of the Imam between the two sermons. This is because the basis of Jumu’a is that one be still and focused – thus no unnecessary actions are done. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said to this effect, “Whoever performs wudu and does so well then attends Jumu’a, listens carefully and remains silent, they are forgiven of all between that Jumu’a to the next, plus three additional days. And whoever fiddles with the pebbles has lost the reward.” [Abu Dawud]
See this link for the etiquettes of supplication
I hope this helps,
Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences