Al-Fatihah in congregation

Q23 :Is it compulsory for a person in congregation prayer to read the Fatihah? Is the prayer valid without reading it?


A23 : Scholars have different views about the reading of the surah Al-Fatihah by a worshipper who has joined a congregational prayer. Those who say that it is not required rely on a Hadith which suggests that the recitation by the Imam is sufficient for the whole congregation. Those scholars who take the view that it is necessary for everyone in the congregation to read the Al-Fatihah in every rakah rely on a Hadith which says that prayer is invalid without reciting Al-Fatihah. Both Hadiths are authentic. If a person takes either view, his prayer will, God willing, be accepted.


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