Fatwa: # 30192
Category: Prayer (Salaat)
Country: Saudi Arabia
Date: 12th February 2019


Reading the Quran without maintaining order in salah


AA; I am from KSA. My question is that, Can we read any surah from the Holy Quran not keeping in view the order? for example, I started the Magrib Prayer in which i was Imram. In 1st Rakaa, i recited surah Al-Nass, then in 2nd Rakaa i recited the sura Al-Falaq. Is this Ok? Can we recite this way in Salah? One of people behind me said, that in Fiqah Hanfi this is not recommended and one in Fiqah Hanbal said, there is no problem in that. Kindly guide us to the best way? Imran, Jeddah, KSA.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Dear Brother,

The sequence/order of the surahs in the Quran should be adhered to in salah. It is makruh to go against the sequence/order of the surahs of the Quran in salah. For example, if a person recites surah al-Kafirun in the first rakaat, then in the second rakaat he should recite surah an-Nasr or surah Lahab or surah al-Ikhlaas. He should not recite any surah that comes before surah Kafirun, such as surah al-Fil or surah Quraysh.

This is for fardh salah. There is flexibility in nafl salah and sunnah salah. If one goes against the order and sequence of the surahs in the Quran in nafl and sunnah salah, that will not be makruh.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Tareque Ahmed

Student Darul Iftaa
New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


الفتاوى الهندية (3/ 81)

وإذا قرأ في ركعة سورة وفي الركعة الأخرى أو في تلك الركعة سورة فوق تلك السورة يكره وكذا إذا قرأ في ركعة آية ثم قرأ في الركعة الأخرى أو في تلك الركعة آية أخرى فوق تلك الآية وإذا جمع بين آيتين بينهما آيات أو آية واحدة في ركعة واحدة أو في ركعتين فهو على ما ذكرنا في السور كذا في المحيط هذا كله في الفرائض وأما في السنن فلا يكره


الدر المختار شرح تنوير الأبصار وجامع البحار (ص: 75)

وأن يقرأ منكوسا إلا إذا ختم فيقرأ من البقرة

الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (1/ 457)

ويؤيده أيضا أنهم قالوا يجب الترتيب في سور القرآن، فلو قرأ منكوسا أثم لكن لا يلزمه سجود السهو


كتاب المسائل 368/

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