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Fixing Surahs for the Obligatory Prayer

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Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Am I suppose to choose two surahs to recite before takbir, or can you just recite whichever surah you want after the takbir?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

It is disliked (makruh) to fix specific surahs to recite during the obligatory (fard) prayer. For instance, always reciting Surah al-Dahr and Surah al-Sajdah during the Fajr prayer on Fridays as it indicates preferring part of the Qur’an at the exclusion of the rest.

However, this dislikeness is only if:

[1] You consider them to be necessary or,

[2] You are the imam and reciting them regularly may lead some people to regard their recitation as being necessary (wajib).

Otherwise, there is no harm in doing so.

[Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

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