Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamu Alaikum,
Can a person recite one surah in the first rakah and then in the second rakah he skips the next in sequence and jump to the third? For instance, if a person recites Surah Maun in the first rakah, can he skip Al Kauthar and recite Kafirun in the second rakah? Will he be sinful if he does this?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Yes, it is disliked to recite a chapter (surah) in one cycle (rak`at), and then to deliberately skip a chapter and recite the one after it in the following cycle. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]
The reason for this is that the jurists deemed this to resemble (a) abandoning or leaving out a part of the Qur’an, and (b) deeming a part of the Qur’an to be superior to another.
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani