The Question of Raf-ul-Yadain (Raising Hands in Salah)


In recent times there has sprung up a sect which has styled itself with the misleading title Salafis. The salient feature of the members of this sect is their venom for Taqleed or the Islamic concept of following the illustrious Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen . While they in general denounce all the Math-habs, they entertain a special aversion for Hadhrat Imaam A’zam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayhi).

The main item of the Salafi propaganda is to disseminate the idea that a great part of the Hanafi teaching is the product of Imaam Abu Hanifah’s opinion. They baselessly and maliciously claim that there is neither Qur’aanic nor Hadith evidence for many of the teachings of the Hanafi Math-hab. In fact, they perpetrate the slander of falsely claiming that many of Imaam Abu Hanifah’s teachings are in open conflict with the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wassallam). One such false accusation pertains to the practice of Rafa’ Yadain.

Rafa’ Yadain in the context of this treatise is the practice of raising both hands before and after ruku’ during Salaat. The modernist misguided and ignorant Salafis contend that the Hanafi Math-hab has no narrational evidence for this practice which according to them is purely the product of Imaam Abu Hanifah’s opinion. They seek to bamboozle ignorant and unwary people by summarily dismissing as weak and fabricated the Ahaadith which the Hanafis present as the basis of their view. The aim of this treatise is only to expose the falsity of the Salafi charge.

The purpose of this treatise is not to refute the Shaafi practice of Rafa’ Yadain . The Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah comprises the four Math-habs, – Hanafi, Shaafi, Maaliki, and Hambali. All four are on the Haqq (Truth) notwithstanding differences. This treatise is not an attempt to show that the Shaafi practice of Rafa’ Yadain is baseless. Far from it. Both Math-habs, in fact all four Math-habs, have their respective Qur’aanic and Hadith proofs for their teachings. Thus, the attempt is not to wean followers of the other Mathaa-hib from their Math-habs. The aim is not to convince Shaafis or Hambalis to renounce their practices of Rafa’ Yadain . Our purpose is merely to expose the falsity of the Salafis and to debunk their baseless charge against the Hanafi Math-hab.

Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wassallam) has warned that the Ummah will be split into 73 sects, of which 72 will be assigned to Jahannum. Only one sect – the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, viz., the followers of the four Math-habs in today’s context, will be the Naaji (saved) group. These modernist Salafis who are anti-Math-hab, are within the fold of the 72 doomed sects. The common factor of all the 72 doomed sects is their aversion for the Salf-e-Saaliheen, the Pious Predecessors who lived in the first three initial epochs of Islam known as Quroon-e-Thalaathah. The Imaam of the Math-habs are of this glorious age.

Insha’Allah, we shall from time to time publish booklets and articles to expose the deviation of the modernist Salafi group and to prove that all teachings of the Hanafi Math-hab are the products of the Qur’aan and Sunnah.

The Mujlisul Ulama, South Africa


Narrational Evidence Part One

Narrational Evidence Part Two