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What to do when confused about rakaats during namaz?

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Q: It sometimes happens that while offering four rakaats namaz, I get confused whether I am in the third or fourth rakaat, so I either pray the whole namaz again or conclude that I am offering the third rakaat and offer one more rakaat, do sajdah-e-ahw and finish my namaaz. I want to know if I get confused regarding the rakaat, then what has to be done?


A: Since this is a regular occurrence, don’t pay attention to it. Just go with the dominant thought.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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