Status of Holding Hands in the Prayer
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Saleem

Why do the Malikites pray with their arms to the side?


The prayer has two parts as far as its postures are concerned; one is the obligatory part and the other optional. Whether hands should be tied in front or kept by the sides is a question which belongs to the optional part of the prayer.

In my opinion, as long as a person is standing before the Lord, it does not matter if he holds his hands or not; this is a non-issue and should not be made a point of dissension as is unfortunately done in many Muslim countries these days.

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