Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: I want to ask as an hanafi are we allowed to follow both methods of pointing the finger in the tashahhud. Can we point till end of atiyhayat as well as more commonly method bring the pointed finger down when we negate?
Answer: assalamu `alaykum
Pointing the finger during the tashahhud is considered a sunna act in the Hanafi school according to many scholars. The exact modality of pointing is, however, subject to debate due to the different traditions that have been related concerning the issue. Following any of these established methods is technically fine and will have no effect on the validity or soundness or your prayer.
Salman
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

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