Forgetting to recite a Surah after Surah Faatiha in the second rakaat of a 4 rakaat Salaah

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Q: If in a 4 rakaat prayer one does forget to read a surah after surah al Fatiha in the 2nd rakaat, should he read a surahs in the 3th rakaat after surah al Fatiha? If yes, is this Waajib to do so, and what if one wilfully does not do it?


A: If one had left out the surah in the second rakaat of a four rakaat salaah, then it is compulsory upon him to recite a surah after surah faatiha in either the third rakaat or fourth rakaat and make sajdah sahw at the end of the salaah. If one did not recite the surah after surah faatiha in the third rakaat or fourth rakaat one should make sajda-e-sahw at the end of the Salaah. 

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

( ولو ترك سورة أوليي العشاء ) مثلا ولو عمدا ( قرأها وجوبا ) وقيل ندبا ( مع الفاتحة جهرا في الأخريين ) لأن الجمع بين جهر ومخافتة في ركعة شنيع ولو تذكرها في ركوعه قرأها وأعاد الركوع (الدر المختار 1/535)

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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