Recitation Behind The Imaam

Q:- Is it permissible for a Hanafi Muqtadi (person following the Imaam) to persist in reading (making Qirât) whilst performing Salât behind the Imaam? Is it necessary for the Muqtadi to make his own Qirât (i.e. seperately) or will the Qirât of the Imaam suffice for him?

A:- According to the Hanafi Mazhab, it is not permissible for the Muqtadi to recite Surah Fatihah or any Surah behind the Imaam. When the Muqtadi is in Qiyâm (standing position in Salât), he should not read anything except the Thanâ (Subhaanakalllahumma wa bi hamdika…). The recitation by the Imaam will suffice for the Muqtadi, as told to us by Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam. It has been reported in Ibne-Mâjah that Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: “The person who has an Imaam, the Qirât [recitation] of the Imaam is in fact Qirât for him (i.e. on the Muqtadi’s behalf).” Thus, the Muqtadi should NOT recite any Qur’aan behind the Imaam; instead he should remain silent.

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