Shaikh al-Albaani

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How to Move Your Finger in Tashahhud—You Move it Up and Down a Lot in a Manner that Can Hardly Be Seen


Questioner: In some of your tapes we heard that moving the [index] finger in the tashahhud is not done by raising and lowering it, i.e., [but should be done by moving it] from the right to the left, so we implement this, walhamdulillaah, but the people ask us what the proof for that is?

Al-Albaani: How do you implement it?

Questioner: Ya’ni, I move my finger from the right to the left.

Al-Albaani: Who told you that?

Questioner: One of your tapes, O Shaikh.

Al-Abaani: No, you’re mistaken.

Questioner: What is the correct way?

Al-Albaani: The correct way is that you move it in its place, not to the right and left, in other words, you raise it and lower it but in a manner that can hardly be seen, understand?

Questioner: Understood, O Shaikh, understood.

Al-Albaani: As for moving it the right and left then this has crept in among you from your old madhhab, or from the madhhab of some of you in Algeria and Morocco and those countries on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, i.e., the Maaliki madhhab, they are the ones who do what you mentioned …

Questioner: In [your book] Sifatus-Salaatin-Nabee, you mentioned that when Imaam Ahmad was asked whether he pointed with his finger in the prayer he said, ‘Yes, intensely.’ Intensely, what does intensely mean here? The speed or what?

Al-Albaani: That is it, ya’ni, a lot.

Questioner: A lot?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Alhamdulillaah.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 564.

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How to Move Your Finger In Tashahhud—You Move it But You’re Not Supposed to Raise and Lower It Such that It’s Not Pointing To The Qiblah


 

Al-Albaani: I want to remind my brothers who are here that I noticed when some of them are praying and they move their finger in tashahhud, they move it too much in a way that is not legislated.

There is no doubt that moving the finger in tashahhud is the Sunnah, but many times our brothers from Ahlus-Sunnah mix this movement [of the finger] up with another thing which is not from the Sunnah, and that is lowering and raising it.

I noticed in this mosque that the brother, the Imaam, may Allaah reward with him good, is active in spreading the Sunnah, for I saw some of the people in the mosque moving their fingers in tashahhud, and this is proof that the Imaam, walhamdulillaah, is carrying out the duty of calling to the Sunnah.

So I saw some of these people and [also] some of our brothers with us on this trip, [I noticed] that they add something to this movement which can be described as lowering and raising, i.e., this is lowering and raising—this has no basis in the Sunnah, all that has been mentioned in the Sunnah is that it is moved, i.e., there is a Sunnah that should be observed when moving [the finger], i.e., that the finger should be pointing towards the Qiblah, so when you point it towards the Qiblah and move it, don’t lower it, because if you do then you have made it point towards the ground, and the ground is not your Qiblah, the Qiblah is in front of you.

So here is your knee, and your palm is on your knee, so as soon as you sit you curl your fingers up and make a circle with your thumb and your middle finger, then you raise your index finger and move it—don’t raise and lower it—this has no basis in the Sunnah, rather you move it in its place.

This is what I wanted to remind you of and reminders benefit the believers. 

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 494.

Also refer to this post for further clarification.

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