Question. They say that due to the virus, we should not lift our hands when making dua, and that it is more harmful to draw the hands over the face on termination of the Dua. What should we do?
Answer. If you are a Mu’min, that is a Muslim of sound Imaan – Imaan not adulterated with Nifaaq – then you will know what to do. View the shaitaaniyat with scorn and disgust. When the hands are raised unto Allah Ta’ala, His Rahmat descends and the effect of Acceptance (Qubooliyat) – His Rahmat – cascades into the opened palms. This Rahmat is rubbed on to our faces when we end the Dua. It is kufr – hardened kufr – to abandon any act of Islam on the advice of atheists. It is kufr which eliminates Imaan and cancels the Nikah. To understand simple issues of this nature, there is no need for fatwas, no need for lengthy technical arguments with pages of Arabic texts, and no need for even brains. The need is only sound and pure Imaan. Then the truth will be understood in the fatwa emanating from the Imaani heart, hence Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Seek a fatwa from your heart.”