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Moving The Index Finger In Tashahhud During Prayer

The Index Finger In Tashahhud

Wa’il bin Hujr said: “I am going to watch the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon  him) and see how he prays. So, I watched him.” And he described (his prayer): “Then he sat and lay his left foot on the ground, and placed his left hand on his left thigh and knee. He put his right elbow on his right thigh, then he made a circle with two fingers of his (right) hand, then he raised his finger and I saw him moving it, supplicating with it.” (An-Nas’i)

Therefore, it is a sunnah to point one’s index finger and move it during the tashahhud. 

It is also a sunnah to point towards the qiblah (direction of prayer). 

It was narrated from `Abdullah ibn `Umar that: He saw a man moving pebbles with his hand while praying. When he finished, `Abdullah said to him: “Do not move the pebbles while you are praying, for that is from Satan. Rather do what the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to do.” He said: “What did he used to do?” He said: “He would put his right hand on his right thigh, and point with the finger that is next to the thumb toward the Qiblah, and he would look at it, or thereabouts.” Then he said: “This is what I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) doing.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani) 

To know more about the Prophet’s guidance in pointing his index finger whenever he sat down for tashahhud during the prayer, watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel.

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