Recitation behind imam

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1- if i join imam as a late comer do i have to recite fatiha or stay quite ??? If i dont recite fatiha is my prayer is valid ???

2- if i complete my ist and last tashud before imam can i remain be silent or do zikar ?? If i remain silent is my prayer is valid ??

3- if i complete my 3 tasbihat of raku and sajood before imam should i remain be silent or continue with it utill imam raised…if i remain silent is my prayer is valid ???


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

  1. When you come late for Salah and the Imam has already completed Surah Fatiha, you still do not have to recite anything. Once you join the prayer, the recitation of the Imam will suffice for you, even though you missed the recitation.
  2. After the first Tashahhud, you should remain quiet. After the last Tashahhud, you should recite Durud, and the Dua after Durud. If the Imam still does not make Salah, you can recite any of the Duas from the Quran. If you remain silent, the prayer will still be correct.
  3. You may continue with more Tasbihs. If you remain silent, your prayer is still valid.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

This answer was collected from Fatwaa.com which is an excellent Q&A site managed by Mufti Ismail Moosa from South Africa. .