Should one recite loudly or softly when performing salaah alone?

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1. When a man is praying maghrib alone, is it best for him to recite loudly or silently? 

2. If he chooses to recite loudly, should he also say the takbeers, samiAllahu liman hamidah etc loudly as well just as an imam would have done?



1. He may reciting softly or audibly. However, it is better for him to recite audibly.

2. He should recite the takbeers softly.

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

(ويخير المنفرد في الجهر) وهو أفضل ويكتفى بأدناه (إن أدى).(الدر المختار 1/533)

قال العلامة ابن عابدين – رحمه الله -: (قوله وهو أفضل) ليكون الأداء على هيئة الجماعة، ولهذا كان أداؤه بأذان وإقامة أفضل. وروي في الخبر «أن من صلى على هيئة الجماعة صلت بصلاته صفوف من الملائكة» منح.(رد المحتار 1/533)

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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