Should the Imam Say “Amin” Loudly After Finishing the Recitation of the Fatiha? [Shafi’i]

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

Question: Assalam aleykum,

Should the Imam say “Amin” loudly after finishing the recitation of the Fatiha during the first two cycles of Maghreb, Isha and Fajr?

Answer:Wa alaykum salam

I pray you are well and enjoying Allah’s Countless Blessings.

The Imam, after reciting Surah al-Fatihah aloud in the first and second units of prayer, does not repeat the recitation of Surah al-Fatihah, neither audibly nor silently. The Imam pauses silently allowing for the followers (ma’mum) to complete their recitation of Surah al-Fatihah. The followers should whisper while reciting, causing themselves to hear while not disturbing others.

And Allah Knows best

Abdurragmaan Khan

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Should I Follow the School of the People of My Local Mosque When Praying With Them?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam aleykum,

I usually go to a nearby mosque. In the congregational prayer after Sura Fatiha the people there say ameen loudly and at the end of the prayer they give salam after the imam gave salam to his right and left. As I follow the Hanafi school should I do the above mentioned things different than them?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Yes, you should continue to follow the dictates of our school, namely, by saying the “amin” quietly. As for the salams, doing so with everybody else in this case would be fine as the expectation is to follow the imam (1) at the same time as him, as per the position of Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah Most High be pleased with him), or (2) immediately thereafter, as per the position of Qadi Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad (Allah be pleased with them both), remaining behind him in both cases.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah (1.375)]

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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In Prayer Does One Say ‘Ameen’ After Saying ‘Rabbana Laka L-Hamd’?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaikum,

Does one say ‘ameen’ after saying ‘Rabbana laka l-hamd’?

I have come across this in the book: ‘Ascent to Felecity’ and just wanted to clarify my understanding.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

No, rather those are two separate points, namely, it is a sunna to say “amin” after the Fatiha and [also a sunna of the prayer to say] the tahmid. This is clarified by point (8) on the same page wherein the word “silently” is mentioned.

This also highlights that one needs to be careful when reading works of law, even if in your mother tongue, because the nature of law is that it requires legal language, and thus necessarily, teachers to explain and demonstrate.

And consider taking the following free class at SeekersHub: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Basic Hanafi Jurisprudence (STEP)

And Allah alone knows best.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Virtue of Saying Amin

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Ten): In this lesson Shaykh Faraz discusses the reward and ruling of saying Amin.

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