Mistakes in Prayers

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


Is my prayer valid if I accidentally switch the words of the closing salam to ‘asslaatu WaSalam alayka ya rasoolalAllah’ before correcting it?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The prayer is still valid as long as you corrected the words and stated the proper ‘salam’ prior to exiting.

There is a likeness between the statement ‘Al-Salatu Wa al-Salam ‘alayka Ya Rasul Allah’ and the portion of the tashahhud supplication ‘Al-salamu ‘alaikum Ayyuha al-Nabi wa Rahmatullah wa barakatuhu.’

Due to this, the words that you accidentally stated are not foreign to the prayer, they were just misused. But since the delay is brief and the statement is not foreign, the prayer is valid.

Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch teaches Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he 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 studied for three years in Dar al-Mustafa under some of the most outstanding 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 Quran and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.