Fatwa: # 16297
Category: Prayer (Salaat)
Country: Pakistan
Date: 22nd February 2008

Title

Can i without moving lips recite fatiha and surah in my heart like we do in normal rakat of namaz when inaudible behind the imam. OR recite from any surah of quran without moving lips OR by zikr meaning i should do zikr in heart in arabic subahanallah alhamdullillah allah o akbar. PLease clearify

Question

Asalam O Alikum wr wb,

Ref
Fatwa ID:     16242

Please elaborate

" The above verse and hadiths are clear proof for the prohibition of reciting behind the imam. However, it will be permissible to recite Quran or any zikr in the heart without moving the lips in the rakats which are inaudible behind the imam. Our advice is that you make the zikr of Allah Ta'ala in your heart and concentrate on the greatness of Allah. It takes self-training to attain full attention and devotion in salat. InshaAllah this method will keep your mind focused in prayer. "

Can i without moving lips recite fatiha and surah in my heart like we do in normal rakat of namaz when inaudible behind the imam. OR recite from any surah of quran without moving lips  OR by zikr meaning i should do zikr in heart in arabic subahanallah alhamdullillah allah o akbar. PLease clearify


Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Everything mentioned in your enquiry will be permissible to recite in the heart to keep focus in prayer while behind the Imam during the inaudible rakats. However, our advice is that you make zikr by repeating "Allah-Allah-Allah" (keep repeating the name of Allah in your heart).

And Allah knows best

Wassalam

Ml. Asif Umar,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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