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Doubt in Salaah

Q: If one is doubtful in Salaah – as to whether one is in the third or fourth Rakaat, what should one do?

A: If doubt has occured for the first time ever in Salaah; then one should repeat the Salaah.

If doubt occurs often; one should apply prudent judgment and practise on that which one’s mind is inclined to. For examle, if you strongly feel that you in the fourth Rakaat – then practice on that.

Furthermore, after applying prudent judgment if doubt still remains, then practice on the lesser of the two amounts; in this case that will be three rakaats.

When acting on the lesser number, one should sit for Tashahhud after each Rakaat and make Sajdah Sahu at the end.

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