What is the ruling on reciting Al-Fatihah when offering Jahri Salah (Prayer recited out loud) behind an Imam?
Is it Wajib (obligatory) or Mustahab (desirable)? How should we recite Al-Fatihah especially when the Imams here pause for a while after reciting Al-Fatihah?
Recitation of Al-Fatihah is obligatory for the Imam, the people behind him, and for the person who performs prayer individually according to the authentically supported views of religious scholars in this regard. This applies to Jahri Salah as well as Sirri Salah (Prayer with subvocal recitation) whether obligatory or supererogatory and whether the Imam pauses for a while after Al-Fatihah or not.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.