The Imam Prayed SIX Rakaat of Zuhr instead of Four

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Fatwa ID: 03738

Answered by: Maulana Mustafa Umar



If an Imam leads Zuhr, forgets to sit after 2 rakaats, doesn't do Sajdah sahw after the 4th rakaat, rather adds another 2 to make it 6, and then does Sajdah sahw, is Zuhr valid?



 بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

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



Imam Quduri explains: “Whoever forgets the first sitting…will perform the prostration of error.”[1] This is all the imam needed to do to rectify the situation. There was no need to add the extra two units. However, since he did add two extra units, Imam Quduri explains: “If someone sits in the fourth unit and then stands…and completes the fifth unit, he should add another unit [to make six] and conclude his prayer. The two [additional] units are extra.”[2] Therefore, if the situation is as you explain, the Zuhr is valid.



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Written by Maulana Mustafa Umar

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1] Mukhtasar Al-Quduri p. 53, Taha Publishers, 2010


[2] Mukhtasar Al-Quduri p. 53, Taha Publishers, 2010



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