Reciting behind the Imaam

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Q: When praying behind the imam in Zuhr and Asr prayer, should we recite Surah Fatiha and a Surah in the first 2 rakaats and only Surah Fatiha in the last rakaat.

In Fajr, Maghrib and Esha, I know we should keep quiet and listen but in the last 2 rakaats when the imam is silent, should we recite Surah Fatiha only?


A: No.

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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