Going into ruku’ thinking that the Imaam made takbeer

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: While praying Salaah in Jamat (congregation) a person was standing far from the Imam and also there were no speakers. At one point the person thought that Imam Saheb said Allahu Akbar, and so he was going to ruku. As he was doing so he found that the rest of the muqtatis were still standing (the person in concern heard it wrong) so he again stood up. Now my question is that is the Salaah of the person, in concern, valid or should he repeat his Salaah?

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A: The salaah is valid.

فإن سها المؤتم لم يلزم الإمام ولا المؤتم السجود (الهداية 1/ 159)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)