Niyyah for Salaah
Q: I am facing a severe problem with niyyath for fardh prayer. My problem is when I stand to pray salaat maghrib, I say niyyah that I’m going to pray fardh salat maghrib, but immediately it comes to my mind something totally against what I said. For example’ I say (usallee fardhassalathil maghribi lillahithaala) immediately in my mind it comes (usallee sunnathassalathil maghrib) etc.I think it is waswasa from shaitan, but I cannot control myself, as a result I stand in musalla until the proper niyyat comes to my mind. Sometimes I take even half an hour or one hour to start praying. As I’m following shafi madhab,I kindly request a solution for my problem according to shafi school of thought, so that I can pray all fardh prayers normally without indulging in these type of severe wasawis of shaitan.
A: Don’t pay attention to this. Your namaaz is valid insha-Allah.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.