Remaining silent behind the Imaam

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Q: I have a question regarding joining the jamaat for salah late. What is the ruling regarding the situation if I join the jamaat while it was in qiyam. And soon after my joing the jamaat (after 2-3 secs) the Imam goes into ruku. I didn’t get enough time to recite surah fatiha. Will I get that rakat as I couldn’t recite the Fatiha or I need to repeat it by myself after tasleem of Imam?


A: You should immediately join the imaam and go into ruku. When performing salaah behind the imaam, the muqtadi should remain silent. He should not recite surah faatiha nor any surah.

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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