The manner in which the index finger should be moved during the tashahhud

Reference: Fataawa ash-Shaykh al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee fil-Madeenah wal-Imaaraat – Page 95-96

Question: What is the manner [in which] the [index] finger should be moved during the prayer in tashahhud?

Response: There is the hadeeth of ibn Hajar[1] [wherein it mentions] he saw the Prophet ﷺ when he was sitting in tashahhud in prayer, and he said: And I saw him moving his finger and supplicating [as he was moving] it.

This movement does not mean [simply] raising and lowering [the finger], since no hadeeth exists to suggest this; Rather, that which is intended by the moving [of the finger] is moving it [whilst it is extended from the resting clenched hand] in its place.

And it has been authentically reported from Imaam Ahmad, that he said: “And it is to be moved vigorously.”[2]

[1] Transmitted by Ahmad 4/318, Abu Daawood 726-728, 2/127 and Ibn Maajah 810.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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