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Intention for salaah

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Q: Is the salaah valid if a person makes the intention before salaah in non-arabic, and instead of using the word “Fajr”, he says “morning prayer” or instead of using the word “Maghrib”, he says “evening prayer”?


A: If one made a verbal intention before commencing the salaah that he is performing morning prayer or evening prayer and through morning and evening prayer one had intended fajr salaah and maghrib salaah respectively, then the salaah will be valid.

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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