Reading Surah Faatihah behind an Imam

Q: If we read salaah behind an imam and the imam reads Surah Al Faatihah must we read it as well or keep silent? A: If you are a Shaafi’ee then you will read Surah Faatihah after the Imam has completed his Surah Faatihah. If you are a Hanafi then you will not read Surah […]

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Istikhara for Someone Else

Q: Can you advise me on who can read istikhara Salaah for me as I would like to leave my job and open up my own business. A: Asking someone else to make Istikhaarah on one’s behalf is not proven. Yes, to make Mashwarah (seek counsel) with someone else is Sunnat. It is mentioned in […]

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Praying at Home and Iqaamat

Q: When you pray Salaah at home by yourself, do you make iqamat and do your intention? Or can you start with intention and pray? A: It is best to make the Iqaamat. If the Iqaamat was not done, the Salaah will still be valid. Moulana Yusuf Laher

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Shafi Joining Salaah on a Journey

Q: I live in Cape Town and planning to go on holiday to Johannesburg  (travelling by car). My question: 1. Can I perform qasr (shortened salaah) and Jama Salaah (joining two salaahs) while travelling to Joburg? 2. I’m staying in Joburg for 4 days, can I perform qasr and Jama salaah during my stay? I’m […]

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Shafi Joining Salaah on a Journey

Q: I live in Cape Town and planning to go on holiday to Johannesburg  (travelling by car). My question: 1. Can I perform qasr (shortened salaah) and Jama Salaah (joining two salaahs) while travelling to Joburg? 2. I’m staying in Joburg for 4 days, can I perform qasr and Jama salaah during my stay? I’m […]

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Old Age and Sajda

Q: My old age mother sits on one chair and do sajda on another chair in front of her. Is that a correct way of performing salah? A: The way your mom is making salaah is incorrect. She must not make sajda on another chair. She should just bend forward more than ruku for sajda. […]

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Lady Reading Salaah in the Haram

Q: When a woman performs umrah, should she perform salaat behind the imaam or individually? A: If you are asking whether she should attend the haram for jamaat salaah, then the answer is no. That is not permissible. She should offer her salaah in her room. If you are referring to the time when she […]

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Reading Durood after Second Rakaat

Q: In a 4 rakaat farz namaz (salah) after 2 rakaats by mistake if I read durood shareef only  till ‘allah humma’ after attahiyaat has been finished, do I have to do sajda sahw? A. If in the first sitting of a three or four Rakaat Salaah one recited this much of the Durood after […]

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Reading Asr with Intention of Zohar

Q: I joined a jamaat salaah thinking it was zohr as hanafi asr had not started. Upon completion I found out it was in fact an asr jamaat as the time for asr for Shafi etc had begun. Was it obligatory for me to read the salaah again? A: You had the intention of Zohar […]

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Missing Salaah

Q: I miss Fazr salat often. Can I pray Qadhaa at a later time? Is is acceptable to Allah? A: If one misses a Salaat, then it has to be prayed as Qadhaa later, there is no choice in the matter. Make Istighfaar for not praying the Salaah on time. But remember that you must […]

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