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Where the Hands should be placed in Prayer
Question:

Is placing the right hand on the left hand over the chest a practice of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) or not?
Answer:

It is from the Sunnah to place the right hand over the left forearm, or on the wrist, or on the left hand over the chest during the recitation while standing, and also while standing after straightening up from the bowing position, until one goes down for prostration. This is the guidance of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) and his practical Sunnah. [1] And may peace and blessing be upon out Prophet, Muhammad and upon his family and his Companions.

[1] There are many Hadiths about folding the hands at the chest: Sahih Ibn Khuzaimah 1/243, Hadith 479, Imam Ibn Khuzaimah has reported it to be Sahih ; Musnad Ahmad 5/226, Hafidh Ibn Abdul-Barr and Allamad Adhimabadi have reported it to be Sahih ; An-Nasai, the Book of Beginning, Chapter about a person seeing the Imam, Hadith 490, Ibn Hibban and Ibn Khuzaimah have reported it to be Sahih.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 258
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