Sitting during the prayer without a genuine reason

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.10, Question No.3

Question: Some people who are capable of standing [during the prayer, choose instead to] sit during the second rak’ah of the Fajr prayer until the imaam is about to bow [into rukoo’], so he bows along with the imaam. So is his prayer correct?

Response: No, he has left a pillar of the prayer [which necessitates] that he stand. At a minimum, it is imperative that he stand for the duration [of the imaam’s recital] of [soorah] al-Faatihah, and if he stands for any less than the duration [of the imaam’s recital] of [soorah] al-Faatihah without a genuine reason, then his prayer is not correct because he has left a pillar [of the prayer]; so he must be aware of this.

- from London, UK. 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.

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