Prayers - Reciting Surah Al Fatihah in Congregational Prayers
  • Question:

    Is Surah Al-Fatihah compulsory to read when we pray with the Jamaah?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    If the imam is reciting the Qur'an audibly in salah, one should listen attentively to the recitation. If he is not audibly reciting, then both methods are permissible. One may recite Surat al Fatihah behind the imam in a silent prayer / rak'aah or alternatively remain quiet. (see: Fiqh Ala Madhahib alArbaah)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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