Imaam saying “samiallahu liman hamidah” instead of “Allah akbar” in salaah

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1. In our college, the student imam, in between 2 sajdas forgetfully said, “SamiAllah huliman Hamida” instead of “Allahu Akbar”, he did a 2-3 second pause and went for the second remaining sajda. The people behind him didn’t even correct him but the second row guys had to correct him, by saying “Subhan Allah”. After the completion of Salah, there was a big argument,

a. 3-4 people did sajda sahu after salah

b. The rest of the guys said “the Salah has to be repeated because the imam’s niyyat is muqtadi’s niyyat and if he makes mistake, it affects everybodys salah”

After that, the whole Salah was repeated by a different imaan. Who was right? a or b?

2. The imaam got up from ruku, and said “Allahu Akbar” instead of “SamiAllah huliman Hamida”. The people behind him didn’t correct him. The second row guys corrected him the wrong way, but this time by saying “SamiAllah huliman Hamida” instead of “Subhan Allah” and at the end, the imaam didn’t even make sajda sahu. I have to repeat the Salah right? Because I have heard the imaam’s niyyat is the muqtadi’s niyyat and if he makes a mistake, it affects everybodys salah.



1. There was no need to repeat the salaah.

2. The imaam’s salaah is valid.

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


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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