How many aayahs read in prayer?
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If i select one big sura in faraz prayer, for example: Sura Yasiin, if i start reading from the 1st ayath, till which ayath i will end for 1st rakath, how i will decide that? and is there any way to know where i will start and where i will end the sura during fara preyer?
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Beloved Brother, the recitation of the other verses of the Quran in any rakah of prayer is not an obligatory condition of prayer like the recitation of Surah Fatehah, but rather it is a preferred Sunnah or a preferred voluntary act of prayer. If one, for some reason, forgets to recite other verses of the Quran after the recitation of Surah Fatehah in a rakah of prayer, his prayer will still be regarded as absolutely valid in the sight of Shariah.
Your Question: If i select one big sura in faraz prayer, for example: Sura Yasiin, if i start reading from the 1st ayath, till which ayath i will end for 1st rakath, how i will decide that?
Since the recitation of the other verses of the Quran after the recitation of Surah Fatehah are a voluntary act of prayer, one may recite as few or as many verses as is easy for one to recite. If one wishes to recite only three Aayahs in each rakah, that would be sufficient; and if one wishes to recite the whole of Surah Yaa-Seen in one rakah, that would be excellent.
Please do bear in mind that the Messenger of Allah (saws) permitted and encouraged the recitation of long Surahs only in ones individual prayers; but if one is leading a congregation prayer as an imaam, then it would be best to recite small Surahs.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.671 Narrated by Abu Huraira
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "If anyone of you leads the people in the prayer, he should shorten it for amongst them are the weak, the sick and the old; and if anyone among you prays alone then he may prolong (the prayer) as much as he wishes."
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