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Doubt in Number of Rakaats

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Q: If one is doubtful while performing a 4 rakaat salah that he has read 4 rakaats or 3, what should he do?
A: If this doubt occured for the first time then he should repeat his salaah. If this doubt occurs often then he should practise on the number he strongly feels. For examle, if he strongly feels it is the fourth rakaat then he should accept that. If he does not have any strong feeling then he should practise on the lesser of the two amounts; in this case that will be three rakaats. However he should sit after the third rakaat as well as after the fourth rakaat, and then make sajdah sahu at the end.
Answered by: Moulana Naziem Moosagie
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