Do I Have to Perform Sujud Al-Sahw If I Was About to Go into Ruku’ after Reciting Fatiha?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


In ‘Isha prayer, I was on 2nd raka’a and almost went down for ruku’ before saying another sura after Fatiha. I was saying, “Allahu Akbar,” I stopped at “Al,” then went back to say surat al-Ikhlas and continued and did not do sujud al-sahw. Is this correct?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well.

You will not be required to perform sujud al-sahw (prostrations of forgetfulness) in the above case.

Prostrations of forgetfulness are not required if one continues to make verbal remembrance (as in your case with saying “Al” of “Allahu Akbar”) of any kind while thinking of or being inattentive, including recitation of the Quran. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.