What Is the Minimum Amount of Recitation To Make Salah Valid?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel 

Question

What are the three shortest verses that can be read in a rak‘a to make salah valid?

Answer

For example, Surat al-Ikhlas, al-Kawthar, or al-‘Asr are sufficient in any unit of any prayer after the Fatiha.

Three verses are the wajib amount, and any three verses can do this – even short ones like the first three of Surat al-Rahman. [‘Ala’uddin Ibn ‘Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-‘Ala’iyyah]

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

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in 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 a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching 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 UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.