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Should I Repeat My Prayer After a Mistake in My Recitation?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

During the prayer in the fourth verse of Surah “al kafirun” I used to read ‘walaa ana’ as ‘wala anaa’ . Recently only I came to know that the alif in ‘ana’ is not pronounced. Do I need to repeat my prayer?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, your prayer was valid and you do not need to repeat the prayer.

Please also see this answer.

And Allah Most High knows best.

wassalam,

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

What Should I Do If I Break My Fast Too Early?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

What is the ruling if I break fast mistakenly before sunset due to an erroneous reading of the clock?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

If you mistakenly broke your fast before the entrance of Maghrib time, then you would need to perform a makeup (qada’).

There would be no expiation (kaffara) due in such a case because you made a reasonable assumption based on the signs around you, yet you were mistaken.

Generally, however, we strive to confirm timings and the like to ensure that we don’t involuntarily vitiate our fasts.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah with Tahtawi’s Gloss]

Please also see: The Complete Guide to Fasting and: When Is Expiation Required For A Fast?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

Does a Mistake in the Recitation of the Fatiha Invalidate My Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

In the Zuhr prayer I most likely recited ‘an’ in ‘an amta’ with an ‘Ain’ sound. I however did not stop and correct this and completed the Fatiha. Does this invalidate my prayer?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, the majority [if not all] unintentional recitation errors are excusable, and thus, your prayers remain unaffected. Practice your tajwid outside of the prayer, and refocus your energy within the prayer to its most central aspects.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Truly a person leaves his prayer and he doesn’t receive the reward of except a tenth of it, or a ninth, or an eighth, or a seventh, or a sixth, or a fifth, or a quarter, or a third, or a half.” [Abu Dawud]

Namely, depending on the degree of one’s turning to Allah Most High within the prayer, and not according to the perfection of a person’s tajwid. This doesn’t negate its importance, however, but it is equally necessary to recognise priorities.

Please also see: The Sunna Method of Reciting the Qur’an and the Legal Status of Reciting With Tajwid and: Should I Repeat My Qur’an and Du’a Recitations Due to Errors in Pronunciation?
And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

How Should I Deal With Extra Money Sent by My Employer?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I was paid an extra four monthly salaries. I did inform my employer. Now, a few months have passed and I have not heard from him. Given the current circumstances, is this money haram and will it be serving as a blockage for the acceptance of my supplications?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

You should put this wealth aside until you hear back from your previous employer. Try to contact them again regarding the situation so you can receive an answer as soon as possible.

You are not sinful for having the money in your account, since it was placed there without your knowledge or approval. However, you should avoid using this money due to the uncertainty surrounding its ownership.

Please see also: Does Conversion Wash Away Previous Sins? What About Rights of Others?

Salman

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani