Offering a Jahri Salah as a Sirri Salah

Q 1: What should I do if I recited the Qur'an loudly in the Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer and those praying behind me notified me about this mistake but I did not stop, forgetting that it was a Sirri Salah (Prayer with subvocal recitation)? A: It is authentically reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to recite the Qur’an loudly in (Part No. 5; Page No. 338


A: It is authentically reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to recite the Qur’an loudly in (Part No. 5; Page No. 338) the two Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer) of the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer and in the first two Rak‘ahs of the Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer and ‘Isha’ (Night) Prayer. He (peace be upon him) used to recite the Qur’an subvocally in the Zhuhr and ‘Asr (Afternoon) Prayers and in the third Rak‘ah of the Maghrib and the two last Rak‘ahs of the ‘Isha’. Accordingly, Muslims should abide by the deeds of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Sunnah (action following the teaching of the Prophet) is to recite loudly in the Salahs that he (peace be upon him) used to offer as Jahri Salah (Prayer recited out loud) and to recite subvocally in the Salahs that he (peace be upon him) used to offer as Sirri Salah. It is prescribed for the Ummah (nation based on one creed) of Muhammad (peace be upon him) to follow his example. It is authentically reported that he (peace be upon him) said: “Pray as you have seen me praying.” If a worshipper offering Salah, whether an Imam or a Munfarid (one praying alone), makes subvocal recitation in the Jahri Salah or recites out loudly in the Sirri Salah and remembers during the recitation, he should resume based on what he had recited. It is Mustahab (desirable) to recite subvocally in the remaining part if he is offering Sirri Salah or to recite out loud if he is offering Jahri Salah. If he makes subvocal recitation in the Jahri Salah on purpose or vice versa, he thus abandons the Sunnah, but his Salah is not invalidated. Accordingly, there is nothing on you for continuing to recite loudly in the Zhuhr Prayer, as long as you forgot, and your Salah is valid in sha’a-Allah (if Allah wills).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.


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