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Raising the finger/head when reciting the du'a after wudu

Question

Is it established in any authentic Hadith to raise the Shahadah finger when reciting the Shahadatayn after Wudu?

Answer

I have not come cross any narration that encourages raising the Shahadah finger while reciting the du’a.

However numerous Muhaddithun have recorded a narration which states that one should raise ones head/eyes towards the sky when reading the shahadah after wudu. This Hadith (i.e. raising the eyes/head) is suitable for practice.

(Refer: Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 172. Musnad Ahmad, vol. 4 pg. 151, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 24 and ‘Amalul Yawmi wal Laylah of Ibnus Sunni, Hadith: 31. Also see Nataijul Afkar, vol. 1 pg. 240)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar