Can We Recite Long Du’a in Obligatory Prayers?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


What is the ruling on saying long du’a in obligatory prayers? That’s in prostration and after tashahhud, am I right?


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

There is nothing wrong when praying alone in making long supplications during the obligatory prayers as long as they don’t invalidate the prayer. [ Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

As stated in a previous answer at SeekersGuidance:

The condition for valid supplication in prayer is that it either be:

  • With something transmitted in the Quran and Sunna
  • or something not resembling human speech–namely, something that one cannot ask other humans for. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Please see:
What are the Legal Rulings and Conditions for Supplications During the Prayer?

Long Supplications While Leading the Prayer

If you are leading a congregational prayer, you should avoid making the prayer too long to avoid causing hardship for the people praying behind you. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Time to Supplicate during the Prayer

It is an emphasized sunna to perform your supplications at the end of the Tashahud. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

Several reliable scholars told me there is nothing wrong with supplicating during the prostrations in the Hanafi school.

And Allah knows best.

[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
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