The adhaan & iqaamah for the women-2

Reference: al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan – Volume 3, Page 41, Fatwa No.54

Question: Is it legislated for the imaam to pause after reciting [Soorah] al-Faatihah so those behind him are able to recite [Soorah] al-Faatihah or not? [Please] provide us with a fatwa, [and may Allaah] reward you.

Response: That which is established from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) are two pauses:

The first: After the takbeeratul-ihraam (the saying of Allaahu Akbar when beginning the prayer) so that he can recite the opening supplication and the ta’awwudth (the saying of A’oodthubillaahi min ash-Shaytaanir-Rajeem…) quietly before reciting [Soorah] al-Faatihah.

And the second: After he has finished reciting and just before going [down] into the rukoo’ position up until he returns to the standing position.

As for the imaam pausing after reciting [Soorah] al-Faatihah so that those praying behind him are able to recite [Soorah] al-Faatihah, then this has not been confirmed from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), rather, some of the scholars have recommended it. However, one is not to be rebuked for doing so and [likewise] for not doing so. This is because it has been legislated for those praying behind the imaam to recite [Soorah] al-Faatihah and [likewise] it has been legislated for them to listen to the recitation of their imaam. So, in order to combine the two good [actions] some of the scholars have recommended this pause. And Allaah [alone] has the Complete knowledge [of all affairs].

- 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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