Can I Skip a Surah and Recite the One After It During Two Cycles of Prayer?
  • Question:

    Can a person recite one surah in the first rakah and then in the second rakah he skips the next in sequence and jump to the third? For instance, if a person recites Surah Maun in the first rakah, can he skip Al Kauthar and recite Kafirun in the second rakah? Will he be sinful if he does this?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Yes, it is disliked to recite a chapter (surah) in one cycle (rak`at), and then to deliberately skip a chapter and recite the one after it in the following cycle. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

    The reason for this is that the jurists deemed this to resemble (a) abandoning or leaving out a part of the Qur’an, and (b) deeming a part of the Qur’an to be superior to another.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam.

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