What should the person who is praying behind the imam do if the imam is silent for a long time after reciting al-Faatihah?

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
As-Salaamu-Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
If the person who is praying behind the imam finishes reciting al-Faatihah during a prayer in which Qur'aan is recited out loud, but the imam does not start to recite after al-Faatihah, what should he do in this situation?.
(There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
Check below answers in case you are looking for other related questions:

Answer:
Praise be to Allaah.

The answer to that is that we would say to the imam first of all: You should not remain silent for this long time between reciting al-Faatihah and reciting what comes after it. What is prescribed is for the Imam to remain quiet briefly between al-Faatihah and the soorah that comes after it so as to distinguish between the obligatory recitation and the mustahabb recitation. During this silent pause it is prescribed for the one who is praying behind the Imam to recite al-Faatihah and complete the recitation, even if the imam recited it. But as for the imam falling silent for a long time, this is contrary to the Sunnah. Moreover, even if we assume that the imam did that and remained silent for a long time, if the person praying behind him recited al-Faatihah and completed it, he may recite a soorah after that until the imam begins to recite the soorah that comes after al-Faatihah, at which point he should stop reciting, because it is not permissible for the person praying behind the imam to recite when the imam is reciting, except with regard to reciting al-Faatihah only. End quote. 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah's Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Related Answers:

Recommended answers for you:


Don't miss out to watch Islamhelpline sponsored Islamic Kids Competition

Click here for all videos