Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalam alaikum,

Does living the recitation of the basmala before reciting the fatiha invalidate my prayer?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

Reciting the basmala (bismi’l Llahi’r Rahmani’r Rahim) before reciting the Fatiha is an emphasized sunna action of the prayer. It is highly encouraged to recite, but its omission doesn’t invalidate the prayer. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Thus, you should avoid leaving it, but if you leave it your prayer remains valid.

Please see also: What is the Minimum Recitation in Prayer–and Specifically in Tarawih Prayer?

You would benefit from the (free!) online courses at SeekersHub – courses.seekershub.org — particularly those on worship such as the Absolute Essentials of Islam.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

wassalam,

Faraz Rabbani

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