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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]