Does an Extended Pause within the Prayer Due to Breathing Break the Prayer?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I said the testimony of faith after the attahiyat and after saying the first part I breathed then said the second part, usually, when I breathe I go back is it wrong not to should I repeat my prayer?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

No. A pause during the prayer caused by breathing, even if lengthy, does not break the prayer. This action is a necessity and is in the interest of completing the prayer properly. Another example that falls under this principle is clearing the throat in order to be able to recite. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Hope this helps
Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.