Burying Bid’ah – Wiping the Face after Dua


Burying Bid’ah 2- Wiping the Face after Dua

عَنِ السَّائِبِ بْنِ يَزِيدَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ أَنَّ النَّبِىَّ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- كَانَ إِذَا دَعَا فَرَفَعَ يَدَيْهِ مَسَحَ وَجْهَهُ بِيَدَيْهِ.

Yazeed (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that whenever the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salim) made dua, he would raise his hands and wipe his face (afterwards).

Collected by Abu Dawud (1494) Shaykh Al-Albani and Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbadd both graded this hadeeth as being weak.


Benefits for this subject:

  • At-Teebee (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “This hadeeth proves that the Prophet (sallahu Allahu alayhi wa salim) didn’t raise his hands during dua and wipe his face. The Prophet used to frequently make dua. For instance during prayer and Tawwaf. Also at the conclusion of the prayer, at bedtime, and after eating; he didn’t raise his hands and wipe his face at those times when supplicating to Allah. [Awnun Ma’bude]
  • Some innovations have an origin from weak or fabricated hadeeth.
  • Abu Dawud titled a chapter in his sunnan ” Whenever the Prophet

(sallahu alayhi wa salim) made dua he would raise his hands and wipe his face 

  • Six common innovated practices related to raising the hands during dua today:

1-    Wiping the face and chest after qunoot of witr

2-    Wiping the chest and shoulders with the palms after dua.

3-    Raising the hands while the imam makes dua during the Khutbah.

4-    Kissing the thumbs and placing  them over the eyes when the Prophet’s (sallahu alayhi wa salim) name is mentioned at the Athan or other times.

5-    Shaking or other types of movement with both hands when lifting them.

6-   Raising the hands during dua between the Athan and Iqamah[Tasheeh Ad-Dua 126]

Translated and compiled by; Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar 1433


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