Is It Disliked to Say the Bismallah behind the Imam?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


Is saying all of Bismillah before Fatiha behind Imam by mistake makruh tahrimi?


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

I pray this finds you in the best of states. According to the Hanafi school, it is prohibitively disliked (Makruh Tahrimi) for a follower to recite the Quran behind the Imam. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

This ruling is based on the following verse of the Quran, ”When the Qur’an is recited, listen to it and be silent, so that you may be blessed.” [Quran, 2:204]

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) also said: ”The one who has an Imam then the recitation of the Imam is deemed a recitation for him also.” [Ibn Majah]

And Allah knows best.


[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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