Reciting Surah Faatihah instead of atthiyyaat in salaah

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Q: I was reciting Surah Faatihah in place of Attahiyyaat. I realized at the time when I was going to lift my index finger. I stopped Surah Faatihah then recited Attahiyyaat and ending with sajdah sahw or I completed Surah Faatihah and ending with Salaam only. Will my salaah be valid? If not, kindly inform me as how do I correct such an error in salaah?


A: If you made sajdah e sahw at the end of the salaah, the salaah is valid. If you did not make sajdah e sahw, the salaah should be repeated as long as the salaah time remains.

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

وإذا قرأ الفاتحة مكان التشهد فعليه السهو وكذلك إذا قرأ الفاتحة ثم التشهد كان عليه السهو، كذا روي عن أبي حنيفة – رحمه الله – في الواقعات الناطفية (الفتاوى الهندية 1/127)

(وإعادتها بتركه عمدا) أي ما دام الوقت باقيا وكذا في السهو ان لم يسجد له وإن لم يعدها حتى خرج الوقت تسقط مع النقصان وكراهة التحريم ويكون فاسقا آثما وكذا الحكم في كل صلاة أديت مع كراهة التحريم (حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح صـ 165)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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.