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Correcting the Imaam in fardh Salaah

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Q: Is it permissible to correct the imaam during the qiraat in fardh salaah:

  1. If the imaam makes a mistake which changes the meaning of Quraan?
  2. Imaam jumps to another ayaat and realises this. So the Imaam starts at the beginning of the ayaat and still does not get it right?
  3. Imaam gets stuck during recitation?

​Please explain also in respect to the 3 ayaats being read at this point and also if not?



1. If the mistake is of a nature that will break the Salaah, then the muqtadis should immediately correct him.

2-3. If the Imaam gets stuck, then the muqtadis should correct him.

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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