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Must Surah Fateha be recited in all four Rakaats of Sunnat?

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Is it necessary to offer Surah Fateha and an addiitonal surah in all four Rakaats of Sunnat? In Farz Rakaats,Surah Fateha and an addiitonal surah needs to be recited in first two rakaats only and then only surah Fateha in next two Rakaats. What is the position in four Rakaats of Sunnat?

Answer

(Fatwa: 1675/1331/B=1431)

Yes, it is wajib to recite fatiha and any surah in all the four rakats of sunnah salah. While in the first and second rakat of fardh salah it is wajib to recite surah fatiha and surah, while in other two rakats it is not wajib to recite surah fatiha rather it is sunnah. It has been mentioned above that it is wajib to recite surah fatiha and surah in all the four rakats of sunnah.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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