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Is Sura al Kawthar Sufficient To Read In The Prayer?

Is Sura al Kawthar Sufficient To Read In The Prayer?

Question:

Assalamu ‘Alaykum.

Is Sura al Kawthar sufficient to read in the prayer? When can we skip a sura?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Yes, Sura al Kawthar is sufficient in any unit of any prayer after the Fatiha. Three verses in the wajib amount, and any three verses can do this – even short ones like the first three of Sura al Rahman (Qur’an, 55).

You can skip any sura in your recitation from the beginning of the Qur’an to Sura al Bayyina (Qur’an, 98). It is disliked to skip any sura from the next sura (al Zalzala) to the end, as they are short, and it would seem like one dislikes it. If it does happen, it will not affect the validity of the prayer in any way. (Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al Muhtar) This applies to the fard and the non-fard prayers.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital, and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

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