[Q-ID0846] When praying can I recite ayahs from the middle of a Surah or do I have to start from the beginning?

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What do the scholars of the Dīn and muftīs of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: what is the ruling regarding reciting verses from the middle of a Surah in Salah?  Is it necessary to start the recitation from the beginning of a Surah?

Questioner: Zahid from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

One’s Salah is perfectly valid by reciting three or more verses from the middle of a Surah but is preferred to abstain from doing so, as Allama Ibn Aabideen Shami writes in Durr al-Muhtar as follows:

“وَكَذَا لَوْ قَرَأَ فِي الْأُولَى مِنْ وَسَطِ سُورَةٍ أَوْ مِنْ سُورَةٍ أَوَّلَهَا ثُمَّ قَرَأَ فِي الثَّانِيَةِ مِنْ وَسَطِ سُورَةِ أُخْرَى أَوْ مِنْ أَوَّلِهَا أَوْ سُورَةً قَصِيرَةً الْأَصَحُّ أَنَّهُ لَا يُكْرَهُ، لَكِنْ الْأَوْلَى أَنْ لَا يَفْعَلَ مِنْ غَيْرِ ضَرُورَةٍ”

(ردالمحتار باب فروع یجب الاستماع ۔۔۔ ج ۱ص۵۴۶ )

Similarly, if someone recites from the middle or beginning of a Surah in the first Rak’at, then from the middle or beginning of another Surah or a short Surah in the second Rak’at, the correct ruling is that is it not undesirable (Makruh), but it is better to abstain from doing so unnecessarily.

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Musjidul Haq Research Department ( www.musjidulhaq.com )

Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0846] When praying can I recite ayahs from the middle of a Surah or do I have to start from the beginning?

Also see:

[Q-ID0225] Can I skip Surahs between Rakahs of Prayer?

[Q-ID0279] Can I recite Ayah tul Kursi in the 1st rak’ah and then any other Surah in the 2nd?

[Q-ID0728] Can I repeat the same Surah during my prayer?

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