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Position Of Hands During Dua And If It Is Sunna To Recite Al- Faatihah When Commencing A Circle Of Knowledge

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Bismillahi rahmani raheem, Assalaamu
alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I would like to ask you the following
questions regarding a custome I
witnessed in a womens doroos circle in
my city in a european country. When
they start their circle one of the women
(they take turns to include everyone in
this custom) recites al fatiha- whilst
reciting all the women present put their
hands as in dua but keeps their hands in
their lap- after reciting everyone wipes
their faces and then the dars begins. Im
familiar with a lot of the benefits of al-
fatiha, alhamdulillah- as this was one of
the arguments used when I confronted
them about this. Another argument I
was presented from them is this fatwa
I dont doubt their intentions to do
good. But my question is if doing this is
known from the sunnah? Do you hold it
to be permissible?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His slave
and Messenger.

The scholars of the Salaf (righteous
predecessors) were not used to reciting
Chapter Al-Faatihah when commencing
a circle of knowledge. Therefore, doing
this regularly turns this act into (what is
called) an added innovation. In
principle, reciting the Quran is
permissible but specifying a given
Chapter at a given time that is not
specified in the Sharee’ah (Islamic law)
is something that should not be done.
‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with
her, narrated that the Prophet
said: “Whoever introduces into this
matter of ours (Islam) that which is not
part of it, it will be rejected." [Al-
Bukhari and Muslim‏]

As regards the Fatwa which you
referred to in the question, it is about
concluding a supplication with Takbeer
(saying Allahu Akbar) and we clarified
that this is also a religious innovation.
We have also clarified in this Fatwa –
and probably this is what you mean –
the matter of wiping the face with the
hands after supplicating and we
mentioned that this is permissible and
we stated the evidence. Some scholars –
like Ibn Hajar –classified the
Hadeeth about wiping the face after
supplicating as Hasan [good]. Therefore,
this is one issue and what you
mentioned in the question is another
completely different issue.
Allah Knows best.


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