How loud does one have to recite the Quran in Salaah

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by


In salaah, whether on own or in a congregation is it allowed to recite inaudibly? (You don’t hear yourself recite, but you move your tongue and recite inaudibly like that) is this allowed?

Also please add, if possible, the stance of reciting inaudibly of the four schools of thought, whether acceptable or not. 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1)     According to the Hanafi Mazhab, one should not recite the Quran behind the imam, whether it be loudly or silently.[1]

When praying individually, one is minimally required to recite in such a tone that he can understand himself.[2] 

2)     We issue rulings only according to the Hanafi Mazhab.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad Haris Siddiqui

Student Darul Iftaa
Melbourne, Australia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1]  احسن الفتاوی 3106 – HM Saeed

“و لا يقرأ المؤتم خلف الإمام” (الهداية 1/357 – إدارة القرآن و العلوم الإسلامية)

“و لا يقرأ المأموم خلف إمامه” (شرح مختصر الطحطاوي 1649 – دار البشائر الإسلامية)

“و القراءة عند الاقتداء” (الحاوي القدسي في فروع فقه الحنفي 1171 – دار النوادر)

[2]  “المخافة أن يسمع نفسه” (الهداية 1/352 – إدارة القرآن و العلوم الإسلامية)

” أدنى (المخافتة إسماع نفسه)” (الدر المختار 1534 – HM Saeed)

امداد الفتاوی 1206 – مکتبہ دار العلوم کراچی