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Should the Imam Pause after al-Fatihah? (Hanbali Fiqh)

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Q: Should the Imam pause after reading al-Fatihah?
A: There are three pauses for the Imam in prayer.

1. Before al-Fatihah in the first rak’ah.

2. After reading al-Fatihah. This pause should be equal to al-Fatihah in lenght so the follower has time to recite al-Fatihah quietly.

3. After completing the second recital. This pause should be long enough for the follower to read a second chapter.

Source: Sharh al-Muntaha

This answer was collected from HanbaliDisciples.com. The questions have been answered by Imam John Starling.

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