Reciting Fatiha, Shafi`i School


Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakathu,

I have question regarding as a Shafi praying behind an imam.
As it is fard for the Shafi to recite Fatiha in every prayer. What if you don’t finish reciting the Fatiha and imam goes for ruku are we supposed to follow imam without finishing Fatiha or do we finish reciting it and the go for ruku? Shukran Salaam.


Alaykum Salam,

Try to finish Fatiha quickly then go in ruku‘. It is still valid if no time to finish before ruku‘, as long as you spent more time reciting Fatiha than reciting Du’a al Iftitah (wajjahtu wajhi lilladhi fatara al samawati wal ard…etc.)

If imam stops after each Aya you can try to recite each Aya (of al-Fatiha) at that time. This way you have completed Fatiha if he recites Qur’an without pausing for the ma’mum (followers’ recitation of al-Fatiha) after ‘Amin.’

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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