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.
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.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Maulana Abdul Muktader
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham