when can you raise your hands during du’aa? I heard that it is restricted to certain times.

Q.​The question is; when can you raise your hands during du’aa? I heard that it is restricted to certain times.

A.​The shaykh (hafidahullaah) said; that the most correct opinion is that one can raise their hands whilst making du’aa at any and every time, except during the Friday prayers while the imam is giving the khutbah. There is a second opinion, that it is only permissible while making istigaathaa. The shaykh (hafidhahulaah) said; that there is no evidence for this. As-suyooti has a small treatise talking about all the different hadeeth and narrations of when the hands are raised in du’aa. Also sheikhul islaam ibn Taymiyyah says that the hands should be raised in du’aa every time except, during the khutbah on Friday and the evidence for this is that there are two hadeeth.
One is saying that Allaah azza wa jall is shy when His servant raises his hands to ask for something that He would let those hands fall down with nothing being in them, meaning without the supplication being answered.
The second is the hadeeth talking about the traveller, the wayfarer who was dirty and dusty and he was raising his hands to the heavens to pray but he was not answered because of him not eating and drinking what was halaal.
The shaykh (hafidhahullaah) said that these two hadeeths show us that raising the hands during du’aa are part of the etiquettes’ of supplicating and that they are part of the etiquettes of one’s prayers and supplication being answered.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh)

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I used to perform many actions of shirk, but Allaah has guided me. Should I ask Allaah to forgive….

Q.​The person is saying: I used to perform many actions of shirk, but Allaah has guided me. Should I ask Allaah to forgive me for those actions which I previously performed?

A.​The shaykh (haafidhahullaah) said, you should ask Allaah, you should be diligent in asking Allaah to forgive you for those actions. But you should know that if a person makes sincere, genuine repentance then this would wipe away the actions of shirk. If a person repents from shirk with a sincere, genuine repentance this would wipe away the actions of shirk. But if you combine between asking Allaah to forgive you and making the sincere tawbah, this is better and more preferred.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 06-10-2012, Riyadh)

The individual is asking is it necessary for a person praying with an imaam if the imaam raises his hands for supplication

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.

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Surah al-Fatihah

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that Allah the Exalted had said:
‘ I have divided the prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. When the servant says: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe, Allah the Most High says: My servant has praised Me. And when he (the servant) says: The Most Compassionate, the Merciful, Allah the Most High says: My servant has lauded Me. When he (the servant) says: Master of the Day of Judgment, He remarks: My servant has glorified Me, and sometimes He will say: My servant entrusted (his affairs) to Me. When he (the worshipper) says: Thee do we worship and of Thee do we ask help, He (Allah) says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. Then, when he (the worshipper) says: Guide us to the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou hast been Gracious — not of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray, He (Allah) says: This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for.
[Muslim 4: 395]