Is It Enough for the Imam To Whisper Aloud During the Prayer?


Is it sufficient for an imam to recite the Qur’an in loud prayers in a style of loud whispering?


Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Reciting out loud is defined as reciting loud enough that someone close by would hear the recitation. If the whispering is like that, it will suffice. [Shurunbulali, Imdad al-Fattah]

Reciting in a lower voice is probably closer to the desired adab if the circumstance requires it. It would also be easier for those praying with the imam to make out the words.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat


Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.