Where should a person in Salaah place his hands after rising from Rukoo`?

All praise be to Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, and Companions. Many people from here and abroad inquire about the position of placing the hands after Rukoo` (bowing). Thus, I opine to give a detailed answer for this out of sincere advice for Muslims, to display the truth, clarify ambiguity, and propagate the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). In explanation, I can say that it was authentically established in the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) that he used to place his right hand on his left forearm when he was standing in Salaah (Prayer) and that he (peace be upon him) used to command Muslims to do so.

It was stated by Imaam Al-Bukhaaree (may Allaah be merciful to him) in his Saheeh Book of Hadeeth (in the chapter entitled placing the right hand upon the left one) that `Abdullaah ibn Maslamah reported from Maalik, from Aboo Hazim that Sahl ibn Sa`d (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The people were ordered to place the right hand on the left forearm in Salaah (Prayer). Aboo Hazim remarked: “I do not know except that he attributed it (i.e., the report) to the Prophet (peace be upon him).”

We can infer from this authentic Hadeeth that it an act of Sunnah to place the right hand upon the left one while standing in Salaah both before and after Rukoo` (bowing) through the fact that Sahl said that people were ordered to place the right hand on the left forearm in Salaah. It is known that it is an act of Sunnah for the one who is performing Salaah to place the palms on the knees when in a state of Rukoo`, and to place them on the floor by his shoulders or his ears when in the state of Sujood (prostration), and to place them on both his thighs and knees while in both the states of sitting between the two prostrations and reciting Tashah-hud (a recitation in the sitting position in the second/last unit of Prayer) according to what is explained in the Sunnah of the Prophet in this regard. Thus, it is only the position of standing that is not mentioned. Accordingly, it is concluded from the report of Sahl that it is such position that is meant. Thus, it should be clear that it is an act of Sunnah for the one who is performing Salaah to place his right hand over his left forearm while in the state of standing up in his Salaah, whether standing both before or after performing Rukoo`, because it was not reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he differentiated between them as far as we know. As for a person who differentiates between them, he has to bring evidence for this… read more here.

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Is it permissible to use opium in curing illness?

Question 10: Ground tobacco is used by some people, particularly, Bedouins, as sneezewort claiming that it has medical properties for head, knees and bones. This powder is rarely free from alcohol, since trustworthy people told me that it has an anesthetic effect. What is the ruling on this?

Answer: The questioner mentioned that these drugs are made of tobacco powder to be inhaled for medication purposes and that trustworthy people told him that they have an anesthetic effect. Thus, the Committee gave the following answer… read more here.

I do not want to treat hemorrhoids because I will have to reveal my `Awrah

Question 9: I am eighteen years old and suffer from hemorrhoids, may Allaah spare you. It is a known disease, which involves bleeding of some blood vessels mostly during defecation. I have been suffering from hemorrhoids for about three years. It is said that as one gets older,these blood vessels distend and the patient will be unable to tolerate surgery then. However, I do not want to undergo this surgery, because I will have to reveal my `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public) before the doctor and as you know that the Messenger (peace be upon him) informed us in a Hadeeth that Allaah curses both the person who looks at another and the one who is being looked at. I will undergo the surgery if it is necessary, but I am trying hard not to. What is the remedy for this disease according to the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him)?

Answer: We advise you to undergo the surgery, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated… read more here.

What is the ruling on local anesthesia in surgeries?

Question 8: What is the ruling on local anesthesia in surgeries?

Answer: It is permissible when needed, provided that it does not affect the brain… read more here.

Taking Hypnotic drug if prescribed by a medical specialist

Question 7:  Is it permissible to use a hypnotic drug?

Answer: Yes, it is permissible to use a hypnotic drug when needed with a medical prescription from a specialist… read more here.

Cauterizing when one is in a serious need of it

Question 6: In 1369 A.H., I was living with my mother by ourselves in a desolate place. One day, she fell sick and went into a coma. She then asked me to cauterize her but I refused. Again, she asked me to do so on the next day, but I again refused. As she persisted for the third time, I cauterized her with fire more than thirty times. Do I incur sin? Should I pay a Kaffaarah (expiation), given that my mother is in good health so far? Please, advise!

Answer: If the case is as mentioned that your mother was seriously sick and asked you to cauterize her with fire… read more here.

I am an old man and I treat people by means of Cauterization

Question 5: Your Eminence, I hope you will give me the legal Fatwaa concerning cauterizing. Is it Halaal (lawful) or Haraam (prohibited)? I am an old man and I treat people by means of cauterization, but I do not know whether what I am doing is right or wrong. Kindly, advise, as I do not take any money for that. May Allaah save you and make you beneficial to all Muslims!

Answer: Offering medical treatment by means of cauterizing is permissible, as it has been authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

What is the ruling on cauterization? Is it Makrooh (reprehensible)?

Question 4: Some Islaamic books state that cauterization is Makrooh (disliked), but they do not state evidence. However, cauterization proved to be an effective cure. Please, advise and mention the evidence!

Answer: Cauterization is a method of treatment mentioned in the Hadeeth. It is useful when it hits the disease – In shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills)… read more here.

I have a physical disability, I want to increase my trust in Allaah

Question 3: I have a physical disability, but it is not an obstacle to my moving around. I have a sound normal body, but cannot stand properly and I cannot carry heavy objects – All Praise is due to Allaah. I also suffer from terminal loss of hearing and my patience on the predestination of Allaah is short. So, I want to know the Aayahs and Hadeeths which give glad tidings to the patient in order to increase my trust in Allaah.

Answer: Muslims should have patience and rely on Allaah in times of distress by reciting: “Indeed we belong to Allaah, and indeed to Him we will return”… read more here.

Dealing with having frequent wet dreams

Question 2: Although I make Dikr (Remembrance of Allaah) on going to bed I often have sexual dreams. Is there a Du`aa’ (supplication) that can help me avoid this trouble?

Answer: Frequent sexual dreams can be treated by physicians who may know the reason and prescribe appropriate medicine… read more here.

Anyone who believes that someone besides (or with) Allaah is managing the Universe

Question 1: Is a person who believes that someone other than Allaah is managing the universe considered a Kaafir (disbeliever)?

Answer: Whoever believes this is considered as a Kaafir, because he has associated partners with Allaah in His Lordship (al-Ruboobiyyah). He is even worse in disbelief (Kufr) than … read more here.