How Loudly Should I Recite in Silent Prayers if I Can’t Hear Well?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


It is very difficult for me to pronounce the letters ‘ayn (ع) and the emphatic haa (ح) with their proper points of articulation when reciting in silent prayers, but it is easy for me to do this in loud prayers.

How should I recite it in this situation?


Thank you for your question.

If you are reciting the rest of the words such that you can hear them in silent prayers, you should just recite your ‘ayn (ع) and haa (ح) at the same level. Don’t worry about anything beyond that.

If you have weak hearing, you should recite at the level that a person with normal hearing would be able to hear oneself.

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.