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Qasida of Praise (Lakal Hamd) – Recited by Ustadth Usama Canon

“What’s that?” I asked my Irish-American Muslim retired hippie convert mentor as he hummed “Allah,Allah, Allah.” in that unforgettably celticmaghribi melody. “It’s called a Qasida” all i thought was “Word! Ima learn that”. Singing Arabic poetry became a major part of my journey…..glad i heard him humming! (sometime in 1996)

Having lost the ability to sing, NOW I regret not recording. truth is: I was so busy trying to be humble, I never properly expressed gratitude for the great gift of speech and song. Ironically losing my speech has almost fully fixed the super bad cringing I’d experience whenever hearing my own voice. I’m listening to myself finally….. Wait for the drums it gets NorCal at 5:39

–  Ustadth Usama Canon

 

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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.

Can a Person Recite More Than 3 Surahs in a Single Cycle of Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Can a person recite more than 3 surahs in a single cycle (Rak’a) of an obligatory prayer?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Yes, it is permissible to recite multiple chapters (surahs) during the prayer. But you should be careful to avoid (1) prolonging the prayer, if leading others, (2) skipping short chapters, and (3) reciting in a back-to-front order.

Please also see this reader and: Reciting Surahs of the Qur’an in Order During Prayer

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.

Can I Skip Verses During the Recitation in Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Can I start from the beginning of the surah and intentionally jump to a different verse of the same surah during the recitation in prayer?

For example, I recite Al Baqara from “Alif Laam Meem” to “humul muflihun” then I jumped to the Throne verse.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, it is disliked (makruh) to jump to a different verse even within the same chapter (surah) without reason to do so. Consequently, you should have recited the first set of verses in the first cycle (rak‘at), and then the Throne Verse (ayat al-kursi) in the second cycle.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah, with Tahtawi’s Gloss (1.476); Halabi, Mukhtasar Ghunyat al-Mustamli (228)]

Please also see this answer.

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.

Is It Valid to Recite Only One Verse in Each Cycle of the Fajr Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam’aleykum,

What is the ruling on performing the Fajr prayer with the recitation of only one verse in each cycle due to beginning it one minute before sunrise?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Yes, your prayer would be valid if you finished before sunrise.

However you should repeat this prayer due to your deliberately leaving the necessary (wajib) actions of the prayer.

Please see: Is My Prayer Valid if I Finish Praying Outside its Respective Prayer Time?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Why Do We Ignore The Qur’an?

SeekersHub resident scholar for Ramadan 2015, Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari has been a master of the Quran from a young age. Each night during this blessed month, he has led the SeekersHub congregation in half-juz tarawih prayers and then in reciting the second half of the juz with us afterwards. He made these brief remarks at the end of one such evening.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

Seeking Refuge, Saying the Basmala, and Saying Ameen During Recitation of the Qur’an

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalam ‘alaikum,
1) Does every chapter begin with the seeking refuge from ​Satan? Does every chapter end with “Ameen”? Is it part of the Qur’an?
2) When reciting the Fatiha outside of prayer, does one seek refuge from Satan before reciting it and then says Ameen after? Is it part of the Fatiha itself?

Answer: walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
1. The seeking refuge (ta`awwudh) from ​Satan​–which is a turning to Allah, and seeking His protection and presence–is only done at the beginning of one’s recitation. ​ Allah Most High says, “When you recite the Qur’an, seek refuge from the Satan the Outcast.” [Qur’an, 16.98]
2. The basmala (bismi’l Llahi’r Rahmani’r Rahim, ‘In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate’) is sunna to recite before each sura, except Surat al-Tawba (Qur’an, 9).
3. Ameen is only said, during recitation of the Qur’an, after the Fatiha. (One can choose to say it to oneself after supplications that occur in the Qur’an, if one wishes.)
[ref: Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Ala’ al-Din Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya; Itr, Ulum al-Qur’an]
And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.
Walaikum assalam,
Faraz Rabbani

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What Do You Recite Out Loud When Praying Alone?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: My question concerns the Loud prayers (Fajr, first two rakahs of Maghrib and first two rakahs of Isha).
I have learned that, even when praying alone, it is sunnah (especially for the men) to recite out loud in these salah.

My question is, what exactly is recited out loud when praying alone? Are you supposed to recite out loud what the Imam would in congregation (qirat + takbeers + coming up from ruku + salam)?

Are you supposed to recite the “Sami Allahu liman hamidah” out loud when coming up from ruku?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.

According to the Hanafi school, it is optimal, for the man praying alone, to raise his voice, such that he can hear himself, in the recitation of the dawn (Fajr) prayer and the first two cycles (rak`ats) of the sunset (Maghrib) and night (`Isha) prayers.

[Shurunbulali, Imdad al-Fattah; `Ala al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

As for the woman’s prayer, the basis is concealment; therefore, even when alone, she would recite quietly.

Finally, with regards to raising one’s voice in the various phrases of remembrance (Allahu Akbar, the salams and so on), these would not be included in the encouragement to recite aloud.

And Allah knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Loud and Quiet Recitation in Prayer and Qur’anic Recitation

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: From what little I know, Fajr, Maghrib, and Isha are recited aloud, whereas Zuhr and Asr are recited silently. (Assuming I was praying on my own,) I’ve heard from a Shafi’i Scholar that reading loudly means with a voice that someone close to you can hear, whereas reading silently refers to reading in a voice that you can hear yourself. I was also told that for any salat, it is not enough to simply move your tongue and lips, but you must also recite loud enough for yourself to hear. I was wondering does this apply in the Hanafi School too? Also, what’s the minimum level your voice should be when reading Qur’an or other dua?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

If praying alone, one has a choice whether to recite aloud or silently in loud prayers, though the former is better for men.

Reciting silently and aloud are the same in the Hanafi school as the definitions you mentioned above, though there is another valid, though less sound opinion that simply moving one’s tongue and lips is enough. This opinion is strong enough to use to avoid making up past performances. It is better, though, to stick to the stronger opinion for current performances.

The minimum recitation for Qur’an, invocations, etc, is the same as the minimum quiet recitation in prayer: You need to be normally able to hear yourself.

Wassalam,

Faraz Rabbani