Praying behind the Imaam and reading a soorah in which there is a sajdah

Reference: I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 57

Question: What should I do if I read a Soorah within which there is a sajdah (prostration of recital) whilst praying [in congregation] behind the imaam?

Response: Do not prostrate because following the imaam is obligatory [and therefore takes precedence].

The prostrations of recital are a Sunnah, and in the case of a person praying in congregation behind the imaam it is not permissible to prostrate; If he intentionally prostrates with the knowledge that this [action] is not permissible, then his prayer is invalidated.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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