Monday, March 13, 2006

Re: index finger

Question: after pointing with the indexfinger when saying laa in ''laa ilaha 'ill-Allah'' and lowering it again when saying "ill" and clasping the rest, do we have to setlle the hand in  flat position again (like before pointing) or do we have to maintain the ring and lowered stretched indexfinger until the end of salah?

Answer: There are different sayings, but what Aliy Al-Qaariy stated was that one keeps the clenched fist, because there is no order to put it back down, and a principle of the religion is to keep things as they are if there is no harm. I would say that another evidence for keeping it is that the general principle of prayer is to remain still. And Allah knows best.