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Praying behind the imaam

Fatwaa ID: 947

Question:
Assalamualikum I have a few questions about Salah.

  1. When you are praying in Jama’ah and the imam is reciting aloud are we supposed to recite as well? In the last raka’ah or the last 2 when the imam is reciting surat al fatiha silently are we supposed to recite it as well? What about in the salahs where the imam is reciting silently?
  2. When the imam prays salatul witr as 2 rakahs followed by 1 rakah, can we make the intention to pray the first 2 as taraweeh? If we stand up and pray one more rakah after the 1 rakah, can we make the intention for this as taraweeh as well?

Jazakallahu khairan

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

  1. According to the Hanafi legal school, the muqtadee/follower will not recite Qur’aan in any of the rak’ahs. To do so is prohibitively disliked. Some jurists have even regarded it to be a nullifier of salaah. This is irrespective of whether the imaam is reciting audibly or inaudibly. The imaam’s recitation is sufficient for the muqtadee.
  2. No. In both of the enquired situations, you cannot intend Taraaweeh. You may however intend nafl salaah in these two scenarios.

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

09/11/1444 AH – 04/02/2023 CE | AML1-7467

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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