Reciting Surah while praying behind Imam

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Question # 005

Assalamu Alaykum

I just recently learnt that when in Masjid being the Imam , when the Imam is praying silently, we’re not supposed to pray anything and we’re supposed to remember Allah. Unfortunately, I kind of don’t know what pray while in Zuhr and Usr. If you could guide me so that I can know better what to pray when standing behind the Imam as he leads the namaz silently. Jzkllh

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Thank you for reaching out with your question.

It is true that as a part of the Hanafi sect, we do not recite any Surahs while praying behind the imam since the Imam’s recitation suffices for those praying behind him. After reading the thana, a person is to remain silent. The only other times when a person must read while praying behind the Imam silently, is during ruku, sujood, and during qaidah (sitting position).

If it is difficult to remain concentrated during the prayer and not let the mind wander towards thinking about other things, one may think about Allah and His Greatness in order to maintain focus. And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Humza Asad, Student - Jamiah Islamiyah Abu Bakr

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