Combining Different Parts of Different Chapters of the Qur’an in a Single Cycle: Permissible or Not?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Faraz A. Khan

Question: Is it permissible to combine parts of surahs when praying a rakat, such as reciting the first few verses of Baqara combined with ayat al kursi in one rakat.

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this reaches you in the best of health and faith.

To recite parts of different suras in the same rak’a is disliked, so one should avoid it.

The following are also disliked with respect to recitation of Qur’an in the obligatory prayer [after having recited Sura Fatiha]:

  • To repeat the same sura within the same rak’a, or to repeat the same sura in the following rak’a
  • To recite a particular sura in one rak’a and then the sura before it in the next rak’a [such as Sura al-Nas in the first rak’a, then Sura al-Falaq in the second rak’a]
  • To recite a particular sura in one rak’a and then skip a sura and recite the sura after it in the next rak’a [such as Sura al-Ikhlas in the first rak’a and then Sura al-Nas in the second rak’a]
  • To skip a verse or more within a particular sura in the same rak’a

All of the above is disliked in the obligatory prayer, yet according to some not in the voluntary prayer. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi l-Falah]

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz A. Khan

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Faraz A. Khan has lived in Amman, Jordan, for several years studying and teaching traditional Islamic sciences, with a focus on Hanafi jurisprudence, hadith studies, theology, logic, and Arabic grammar. He translated and annotated the classical Hanafi primer “Ascent to Felicity” (Maraqi ‘l-Sa`adat) by Imam Shurunbulali, recently published by White Thread Press.