In Prayer, a Muslim should maintain concentration and humbleness. Needless movements have no place in salah that is meant to bring the worshipper nearer to Allah.
Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Azharite scholar states: “According to the late followers of Imam Shafi`i, three needless consecutive movements done in a single rak`ah (Prayer unit) render Prayer invalid. Moreover, other jurists maintain that movements do not render Prayer invalid unless they contravene the decorum of Prayer.
It is recommended that the person praying should not do many movements. Upon entering the mosque, Hudhayfah Ibn Al-Yaman (may Allah be pleased with him) saw a man tampering with his beard and clothes, he said, “If the heart of that man had been filled with awe, then all his limbs would have followed suit.” Also, the Prophet (peace and blessings are upon him) was reported to have carried his little granddaughter ‘Umamah, daughter of Zaynab (may Allah be pleased with her) while praying.
Regarding the second point, we can say that it is recommended that a person who is praying should look at the place of prostration, and he is not allowed to fix his eyes to the sky while offering his prayer. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings are upon him) said: “People should avoid lifting their eyes towards the sky while supplicating in Prayer, otherwise their eyes would be snatched away.” (Reported by Muslim)
Generally, when a person looks at the place of prostration he will possess much awe and humility, especially when he remembers that it is the position where he is going to place his face willingly before his Lord, Most High.”