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  Chapter no: 3, Book of Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Details of Commencing Prayer

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Hadith no: 725
Narrated / Authority of: Wail ibn Hujr
I purposely looked at the prayer of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), how he offered it. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) stood up, faced the direction of the qiblah and uttered the takbir (Allah is most great) and then raised his hands in front of his ears, then placed his right hand on his left (catching each other). When he was about to bow, he raised them in the same manner. He then placed his hands on his knees. When he raised his head after bowing, he raised them in the like manner. When he prostrated himself he placed his forehead between his hands. He then sat down and spread his left foot and placed his left hand on his left thigh, and kept his right elbow aloof from his right thigh. He closed his two fingers and made a circle (with the fingers). I (Asim ibn Kulayb) saw him (Bishr ibn al-Mufaddal) say in this manner. Bishr made the circle with the thumb and the middle finger and pointed with the forefinger.

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Hadith no: 727
Narrated / Authority of: Wail ibn Hujr
I witnessed the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) raise his hands in front of his ears when he began to pray. I then came back and saw them (the people) raising their hands up to their chest when they began to pray. They wore long caps and blankets.

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Hadith no: 736
Narrated / Authority of: Wail ibn Hujr
I saw the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) raising his thumbs in prayer up to the lobes of his ears.

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Hadith no: 737
Narrated / Authority of: Abu Huraira
When the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) uttered the takbir (Allah is most great) for prayer (in the beginning), he raised his hands opposite to his shoulders; and when he bowed, he did like that; and when he raised his head to prostrate, he did like that; and when he got up at the end of two rak`ahs, he did like that.

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Hadith no: 738
Narrated / Authority of: Abdullah bin Abbas
Maymun al-Makki said: that he saw Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr leading in prayer. He pointed with his hands (i.e. raised his hands opposite to the shoulders) when he stood up, when he bowed and when he prostrated, and when he got up after prostration, he pointed with his hands (i.e. raised his hands). The I went to Ibn Abbas and said (to him) I saw Ibn az-Zubayr praying that I never saw anyone praying. I then told him about the pointing with his hands (raising his hands). He said: If you like to see the prayer of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) follower the prayer as offered by Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr.

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Hadith no: 739
Narrated / Authority of: Abdullah bin Abbas
Nadr ibn Kathir as-Sadi said: Abdullah ibn Tawus prayed at my side in the mosque of al-Khayf. When he made the first prostration, he raised his head after it and raised his hands opposite to his face. This came as something strange for me. I, therefore, said it to Wuhayb ibn Khalid. Then Wuhayb ibn Khalid said to him: You are doing a thing that I did not see anyone do. Ibn Tawus then replied: I saw my father doing it, and my father said: I saw Ibn Abbas doing it. I do not know but he said: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to do it.

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Hadith no: 743
Narrated / Authority of: Ali ibn Abu Talib
When the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) stood for offering the obligatory prayer, he uttered the takbir (Allah is most great) and raised his hands opposite to his shoulders; and he did like that when he finished recitation (of the Qur`an) and was about to bow; and he did like that when he rose after bowing; and he did not raise his hands in his prayer while he was in his sitting position. When he stood up from his prostrations (at the end of two rak`ahs), he raised his hands likewise and uttered the takbir (Allah is most great) and raised his hands so as to bring them up to his shoulders, as he uttered the takbir in the beginning of the prayer.

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Hadith no: 745
Narrated / Authority of: Abu Huraira
If I were in front of the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him), I would see his armpits. Ibn Muadh added that Lahiq said: Do you not see, Abu Hurayrah could not stand in front of the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) while he was praying. Musa added: When he uttered the takbir, he raised his hands.

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Hadith no: 746
Narrated / Authority of: Abdullah bin Masud
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) taught us how to pray. He then uttered the takbir (Allah is most great) and raised his hands; when he bowed, he joined his hands and placed them between his knees. When this (report) reached Sad, he said: My brother said truly. We used to do this; then we were later on commanded to do this, that is, to place the hands on the knees.

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Hadith no: 747
Narrated / Authority of: Abdullah bin Masud
Alqamah said: Abdullah ibn Masud said: Should I pray in the way the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) had performed it? He said: He prayed, raising his hands only once.

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