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Should one recite Sana, etc. in namaz behind an imam?

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1. When offering namaz behind an imam in jamat should any one recite the following in his heart a. Sana before the imam begins reciting surah Fatiha b. In ruku ? Subhan Rabbial-al azim c. In sajda ? Subhan Rabbial Alla d. If the namaz is of 4 rakats, then in the 3rd and 4th rakats surah fatiha e. In sitting position the recitation of At-Tashahud after the first two rakats and in the fourth rakat 2. What is the procedure for performing Forgetfulness Prostrations (Sujuud Sahw) 3. Is it mandatory to recite “RABBI IGHFIR LEE” in the sitting pause between the two prostration of every unit of the prayer.


(Fatwa: 286/86=TL/1430)

(1) [a, b, c] It should be recited with tongue, it is not right to recite it with heart. [d] If it is four rakaat of fardh and you are praying it behind an imam, then you should keep silent in third and fourth rakaah, but if it is sunnah or nafl (optional) then you have to recite Surah Fatihah with any surah. [e] It should be recited with tongue.

(2) After reciting Al-Tahiyyat, having said one salam you should do two sajdah, then recite Al-Tahiyyat, durood and dua and turn your head for salaam to both sides.

(3) It is not mandatory.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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