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Forgot to make niyyah, wrong niyyah

Fatwaa ID: 401

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Just after I begin my salaah by raising my hands and reading thana, I remember that i may have forgotten to make niyyah, or made niyyah for another salaah (e.g dhuhr instead of Asr).

Do we break our salaah and start afresh? If so, how do we break the salaah. And do we have to break the salaah if behind an imam?


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

  1. It is not clear what you mean by “forgotten to make niyyah”. Did you start your salaah subconsciously? No one in their right mind comes and starts performing salaah without an intention in mind. If your are referring to a verbal intention, then there is no precedence to that from Nabi (S). The intention is an action of the heart/mind. It should not be verbalized. As long as you started with the correct intention in the mind, your salaah will be valid.
  2. If you make the wrong intention, then you will have to break the salaah and restart.
  3. To break your salaah, you will perform one Salaam to the right.
  4. The above is applicable whether you are performing salaah individually or in congregation.

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

06/23/1444 AH – 01/16/2023 CE | AMG3-3166

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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