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Replacing Words of Quran With Other Words in the Recitation of Salah

Answered by: Maulana Muhammad Asadullah Anwar Adam


An imam reading Surah Takweer forgets the second verse and reads:

وإذا النجوم سقطت intentionally knowing that سقطت isn’t the correct word but tried to read a word which portrays a similar meaning of the verse. Will the salah be valid and would the Imam be sinful for doing so?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


If the Imam recites a mistake that will change the meaning of the Qur’ān either by adding, subtracting, or reading another word in place of that word then the prayer will be fāsid. In this case, the Salah will not be valid and will need to be repeated.[1]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muhammad Asadullah Anwar Adam

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

[1]`Ibn ’Abidīn, Muḥammad Amīn. Radd al-Muḥtār ’Alā al-Durr al-Mukhtār. Vol 1. Pg. 632. Dār al-Fikr, 1252H.

: وَإِنْ تَرَكَ كَلِمَةً – مِنْ آيَةٍ – فَإِنْ لَمْ تُغَيِّرْ الْمَعْنَى مِثْلَ – وَجَزَاءُ سَيِّئَةٍ – مِثْلُهَا – بِتَرْكِ سَيِّئَةٍ الثَّانِيَةِ لَا تَفْسُدُ وَإِنْ غَيَّرَتْ، مِثْلَ – فَمَا لَهُمْ يُؤْمِنُونَ – بِتَرْكِ لَا، فَإِنَّهُ يُفْسِدُ. عِنْدَ الْعَامَّةِ؛ وَقِيلَ لَا وَالصَّحِيحُ الْأَوَّلُ

Muftī Maḥmūd Ḥasan Ghangohī. Fatāwā Maḥmūdiyyah, Vol.7. Pg.148-149

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