Q: (A) Some Muslims in our country
prevent people from placing their hands on their chests in Salah (Prayer) in Al-Masjid Al-Jami`. Is it permissible for Ahl-ul-Sunnah (those adhering to the Sunnah) to neglect placing their hands on their chests so that they can pray with them in their Masjid, or should they leave them and offer Salah individually in their homes and place their hands on their chests?(B)
A Muslim places his hands on his chest in Salah while another Muslim lets his hands down. Which is better?
Placing the right hand on the left one while standing in Salah is Sunnah (action following the teachings of the Prophet). The person who can place his right hand on his left hand upon his chest, should do so to obtain the reward of Allah (Exalted be He) for following the way of Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him). If the people in the Masjid are against this and the person fears initiating Fitnah (division) and causing harm among Muslims, he may neglect placing his hands upon his chest and may let them down in order to escape Fitnah and harm. However, it is not permissible for him to abandon the congregational Salah and offer Salah individually at home as long as the person knows that the Imam does not do any act of Kufr (disbelief). Congregational Salah in the Masjid is obligatory according to the authentically supported views of religious scholars. Accordingly, the person who prays while placing his right hand on the left one upon his chest is better and his Salah is better than that of the person who lets his hands down even though the Salah of both of them is valid. (Part No. 6; Page No. 365) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.