Q.The individual is asking is it necessary for a person praying with an imaam if the imaam raises his hands for supplication, should the person likewise raise his hands in supplication?
A. The shaykh said if it’s during the jumu’ah khutbah (sermon) a person should not raise their hands. If the imaaam raises his hands the person should not raise their hands. However, if it is in prayer and the imaam is performing qunoot then it is permissible for the person to raise their hands.
The reason why a person should not raise their hands during the jumu’ah is
because the Prophet Sallaahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned a severe admonition for the people that move during the salaat, meaning during the khutbah. The only thing that is permissible for a person to do whilst the imaam is giving the khutbah (sermon) is if the imaam is making supplication the people should say aameen. But raising their hands they shouldn’t do because the Prophet Sallaahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned that the person that moves during the khutbah, this individual has committed a sin. The individual has committed a sin. The brother Mustafa George (Hafidahullaah) then asked the shaykh… what about if the imaam raises his hands for seeking rain during the jumu’ah khutbah? The sheikh said if the imaam raises his hands for seeking rain then it becomes permissible for you to also raise your hands in seeking rain.
Shaykh Saalih ibn Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class 01.12.12) Riyadh.