Q: In surah faatiha, in the 13 line script we use, after the first ayat there is the laam alif (continue without stopping sign). However we hear the hadith where Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to the effect that one should read the first ayah and stop, the second and then stop etc. What should one do, stop or continue?
A: This hadeeth is reported in Tirmizi and Abu Dawood. One hadeeth is munqati` and the other is muttasil, and the hadeeth that is muttasil is preferred to the one that is munqati`. The one which is muttasil does not speak about pausing after every verse.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.