Reciting Bismillah before Surah Faatiha in Salah

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Ref: sal004/07

May 2007

Q: Is it sunnat to recite “Bismillah’ before Surah Faatiha in the 1st and 2nd rakat? And if this is not done then does Sajdah-e-Sahw become Wajib?


To recite “Bismillah” in Salah before Surah Fatiha is Sunnat.If a person does not read it, Sajda-e-Sahw will not become compulsory and his salah will be valid.However the Sunnah should not be discarded.

Moulana Muhammed Parak
Iftaa Department, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre
I concur with the answer:
Mufti Zubair Bayat

Ameer, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre


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