Raising One’s Voice in Prayer

Answered by Shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf Mangera

Could this issue be further clarified? When ‘any prayer’ is mentioned, do you also include any optional prayer let us say performed during the day light hours? Does this also mean that if an individual offers the Zuhr prayer alone he can recite audibly like one would for the Isha? Would that audible recitation be for all the rakat or for only the first two, like those of Isha? What of the Qunut of the Witr, could it also be recited audibly as is done during Ramadhan when prayed congregationally behind the imam after performing the tarawih? May Allah reward you for your attention to these queries.

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the name of Allah, the Inspirer of truth.

When it was stated that it is not necessary [wajib] on the person praying alone to ensure inaudible recitation in the inaudible prayers, it means he will not have to do a Sajdat al-sahw if he recited something aloud. However, it is a sunna to recite the Du’a la-qunut, the tasbihat, and tashahhud etc inaudibly. Therefore, reciting them aloud without valid excuse would be going against the sunna and preferable practice, even if it does not necessitate a sajdat al-sahw.

In the audible prayers, however, the person praying alone has a choice of reciting aloud or silently [while reading aloud is superior] and in the silent prayers it is more preferable to recite silently.

And Allah knows best.

Wassalam

Abdurrahman