Performing one rakaat

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Q: First rakat of ishaa I said ‘Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem’ but then I don’t know whether I said the ha or HA with ‘Ar-Raheeem’. I chose to ignore it as a doubt. During Salah I made many mistakes and corrections in the essential aspects – then after completing the prayer [all four rakaats] I ended prayer and did two sujood uh sahw. I went downstairs to get a drink, came back up then I still had the niggling doubt about whether I said ha or HA in ‘Ar-Raheem’ so I thought like you know it hasn’t been a long time since I made Salaam so I said takbir and performed 1 rakaat in replacement of the rakaat in which I doubted with the full tashahhud and exited prayer and did two prostrations of forgetfulness Now plz tell me is my prayer valid or not?


A: There is no need for you to repeat the namaaz or to make sajdah-e-sahw. The namaaz is valid. However, there is no such thing like a one rakaat namaaz. Namaaz can be in two’s or four’s.

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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