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Imaam holding mic during salaah

Fatwaa ID: 1324

Question:
Dear Mufti sahib,
السلام علیکم ورحمۃاللہ
If imam during the jahri salats (jumuah, Maghrib, Isha and fajr) holds the microphone in his right hand and keeps it next to his mouth while reciting the qiraat and at the time of each takbeer (i-e at the start, going for and raising from ruku/sujood, salam etc.)
Is this considered “Amal Katheer عمل کثیر” and does this invalidates the salat? does salat have to be repeated?

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

Holding the microphone in salaah can be done with minimal movement. It does not result in excessive nor successive movements. Similarly, an onlooker would generally not assume the person to be out of salaah. Thus, this would not constitute ‘amal katheer. The salaah would be valid. However, the masjid should consider investing in a microphone stand or in microphones that do not need to be held. When a person holds the microphone, he is not able to fully act upon the sunnah of folding the hands. Similarly, it may result in deficiency in concentration.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

12/02/1444 AH – 06/20/2023 CE | AMG3-3889

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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