Can be done dua without raising your hands

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Remembrance (adhkar) after prayer

Question 1:
After the fard-salah (i.e., saying the salam), some people do du'a while others just say tasbih. Some people insist that saying Du`a after Salah is Bid`ah. This causes some tension within the community, especially among those who follow Imam Abu Hanifah or Shafi`i. Can we do du`a after the salah? Can we do du`a together with the Imam?

Answer 1:
Saying Du`a after the obligatory prayers is not Sunnah if it is done by raising the hands, regardless of whether it is done by the Imam alone or a member of the community, alone, or both together. Rather, it is Bid'ah, for it was not narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or any of his companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) did this.

As for saying Du`a without raising your hands, there is nothing wrong with that, for there are some hadiths about it.

(Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Da'imah No. 7/103)


Question 2:
Has it been proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) raised his hands after the five compulsory daily prayers? If it is not proven, is it still allowed?

Answer 2:
As far as we know, it has not been proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) raised his hands in du'a after the obligatory prayers. Therefore, raising one's hands after the salam of a compulsory prayer is not in accordance with the Sunnah.

(Fatawa al-Lajnah No. 7/104)

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