Planning what surahs to recite in salaah

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Q: I have been told that we cannot pre determine what surahs we going to read before commencing salaah. This came up when I told someone that I have first rakaat surahs, second rakaat surahs & so on, so I do not make a mistake or forget which rakaat I am currently reading.


A: It is permissible for one to think of the surahs that one wishes to recite in salaah.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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