Are Certain Supplications Obligatory for a Valid Prayer?

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What are the minimum requirements for a valid salah? Can I skip the tasbih in the sujud and ruku’? Is saying the takbir between the movements necessary? Do I have to recite the whole Abrahamic Prayer (al-Salat al-Ibrahimiyyah) after the last rak’ah?


Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for your sincere inquiry and may He give you a complete understanding of this worship.

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The first two examples that you mention in your question are all sunnah elements and their omission would not nullify the prayer. Part of the Abrahamic prayer is an integral, and part of it is a main sunna, while the rest is sunna.

Nevertheless, these elements should not be omitted without an excuse, and one should be avid to perform the prayer in such a way that is conducive to Allah accepting that prayer. May Allah reward you for your sincerity and give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

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