At Which Point Is One’s Recitation Considered Loud (Jahr)?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi 


Salam. I wanted to ask you regarding the level of voice which makes recitation jahr. I mean, if I’m reciting in silent prayer in a low voice but which may be audible to 4 or 5 individuals on both sides, would that make it jahr? It isn’t evident until someone defines the audibility of one’s voice to make it jahr.

Looking forward to receiving a response.


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

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Jazakum Allah khayr for your question

For a recitation to be deemed loud (jahri), it is enough that only one person can hear the Imam. Less than that would be deemed silent. [Tahtawi; Hashiya on Maraqi al-Falah]

And Allah knows best.

May  Allah Most High grant you the best of this world and the next. Please keep us in your du’as!


[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
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