Are We Supposed to Recite in the Loud Salahs Behind the Imam?

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Fatwa ID: 03833

Answered by: Maulana Abdul Muktader



When we are praying as maamumah and the Imaam is reciting in a high voice like salatul maghrIb, fajr, and isha, what are we supposed to do? Do we also recite in a low voice or should we only keep quiet and listen to the Imaam’s recitation?



بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



When a person is praying behind the Imām he should remain silent in all the prayers and should not recite any Quran.[1]


وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

“So when the Qur'an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.” [7.204]


Listening and staying silent has been ordered in the Quran. The listening, although not possible at the time of silent prayers, but remaining silent is possible and so acting upon the apparent meaning of the verse is necessary.[2]



Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Abdul Muktader

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1] فأما المقتدي فلا قراءة عليه عندنا (بدائع الصنائع ج.١ ص.٥١٨ ط. دار الكتب العلمية)


[2] مر بالاستماع والإنصات والاستماع وإن لم يكن ممكنا عند المخافتة بالقراءة فالإنصات ممكن فيجب بظاهر النص

(بدائع الصنائع ج.١ ص.٥١٨ ط. دار الكتب العلمية)



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