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Accidentally reading a few words and sajdah sahw

Fatwaa ID: 1697

When is sajdah sahw necessary?
If, for ex, in the sitting between two sajdahs, you read التحيات, but before reaching too far you remember after 2/3 words, will it be necessary to do sajdah sahw.

Similarly, if in جهري salah, you read quietly, or vice versa; is there a limit to how many words or ayat you must have read for sajdah sahw to be wajib. This happened to me couple of times, where I remember by the time I just say الحمد لله, so in that case is sajdah sahw wajib for me.

Also, when I read التحيات or surah Fatiha, I have doubts of missing an ayah or word, or messing up; so I restart or repeat that. Does that make sajdah sahw wajib for me.

jazāka -llāhu khayran.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. Sajdah Sahw is performed to atone for a mistake wherein a waajib act was either missed or delayed.
  2. Sajdah Sahw will not be necessary if one recited 2-3 words of tashahhud between the two sajdahs.
  3. It is waajib to recite audibly in the jahri salaahs and inaudibly in the sirri salaahs. If one does the opposite, then Sajdah Sahw will be necessary provided that he recited three short ayahs or one long ayah or more. If he recited less than that, then Sajdah Sahw will not be necessary.
  4. Restarting or repeating the verse in the enquired situation will not necessitate Sajdah Sahw. However, we wish to advise you that if this is a recurring issue, then you should not restart or repeat anything. Read it once only to the best of your abilities and regard it to be complete and correct. These doubts are from the shaytaan. Ignore them completely. The more you entertain them, the worst it will become.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

02/13/1445 AH – 08/30/2023 CE | 577

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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