Mistakenly performing three rakaats instead of four rakaats

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: What should I do if I pray 3 rakaats instead of 4 rakaats mistakenly?


A: If after reading the 3 rakaats you are still in the same spot of namaaz and in the direction of qiblah and you have not done anything that will break the namaaz then you may get up and do the fourth rakaat and do sajdah sahw at the end.

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

“مصل رباعية” فريضة “أو ثلاثية” ولو وترا “أنه أتمها فسلم ثم علم” قبل إتيانه بمناف “أنه صلى ركعتين” أو علم أنه ترك سجدة صلبية أو تلاوية “أتمها” بفعل ما تركه “وسجد للسهو” لبقاء حرمة الصلاة بخلاف السلام على ظن أن مسافر أو نحوه كما تقدم (مراقي الفلاح مع حاشية الطحطاوي صـ 473)

Answered by:

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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