- The one intending to perform salatshould stand facing the direction of the Qiblah, being fully aware that he is standing before Allah, The most High, and with utmost humility.- He then makes the intention in his heart to offer prayer, but it is not permissible to say this intention out loud, because that is an innovation. He (the Prophet) (may the prayers and peace be upon him) has said that
actions are by their intention, and there is but for each man that which he has intended.
[ Source: Agreed upon.]
- Then he raises his hands to be level with his shoulders or ears, saying:
“Allahu Akbar.”
[ Source: Muslim.]
- Then he places his right hand over his left on his chest, holding the left hand with the right. [ Source: Ahmad.]
source: islamkingdom