Muqtadis reciting Surah Faatihah in salaah

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Q: In chapter no 7 (Surah Al-Araf) verse number 204 it is stated that “When the Qur’an is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: that ye may receive Mercy”. So why do people when praying Fajr, Maghrib and Isha (fardh) behind the imam (first 2 rakahs), when the imam finishes reciting surah AL-Fatiha, many people recite surah fatiha, although the imam is reciting another surah. Please do clarify this.


A: We do not read Surah Faatihah and we do not hear people reciting Surah Faatihah.

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


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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