Why Hanafi Muslims stay silent behind Imam in Congregational Salah?

In this post I shall tell you why majority of the muslims, which is Hanafi Muslims, do not recite Surah Fatiha + a Surah in their Salah when they are praying behind an Imam, in congregational prayers. this post is only directed towards this issue only. So I will not go into a lot of details and Fiqhi rulings because this is a different matter and argument. I will validate the chains and proofs on why Hanafi muslims do not recite surah faitha behind imam and remain silent in all prayers.

Why am I writing this post, you may ask? the problem is, not everyone has the time to read a lot of books on their own and because of this reason, a self claimed Ahle Hadees/wahhabi/salafi kharji sect in islam misguide innocent muslims by saying ” if you do not recite fatiha behind imam your prayer becomes invalid ” astagfirullah what a lie may Allah’s LANAT be upon liars just look at these aholes? One of my brothers, see what he writes:

“Recently it has been experienced that some people stubbornly claim that whosoever does not recite Surah al-Fatiha behind the Imam then his prayer is not acceptable (i.e. It is null and void). Whether it is necessary to recite behind the Imam or not is a minor issue, but when arrogant people make rigid statements like: Prayer of people who do not recite is “NULL AND VOID” then it becomes necessary to write a detailed refutation of such extremists. With the Grace of Allah “NOT” reciting behind Imam is something which is proven directly from Qur’an itself” copied from ahlus-sunna.com(click here to read his article as well)

there are 4 Madhabs right now that are perfectly codified and have reached us in Tawatur(mass transmission) and a Muslim should follow any one from these 4.

Just for your interest: A Madhab is what the founder(i am only using this word so you do not get confused) extracted from Quran and Sunnah. Madhab is a collection of Islamic Rulings extracted from quran and sunnah and only a MUJTAHID-E-MUTLAQ(100% mujtahid, no less) can do this and since their time, we havent seen one again, tho Mujtahids existed, in fact a lot of them but the number of Mujtahid e Mutlaqs never reached more than 50(or maybe even less, 30?). I.e 4 imams, Imam Awzai, Sufyan Thawri, Imam Layth, 2 Sahiben(Imam Muhammad & Abu yusuf) radiallahu anhum etc. The reason it’s so less in number is because they were all gifted by Allah and right now, no one can reach to their level. It’s so difficult that it becomes impossible, even to believe that these people existed. I.e Imam Dhahabi, he was a Human, but look at his memory. he wrote voluminous books and some of them have 30+ volumes i.e Tarikh Al Islam, Siyar Al alam etc. It’s difficult to believe how one human being could write so many things including the records of 100s of 1000s narrators in such a short life time excluding their period?!?!?! Never mind, lets get back.

Allah says in Quran

Tafsir Ibn Kathir R.A: Imam Ibn Kathir (rah) narrates from Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (ra), Abu Huraira (ra) and Ibn Masud (ra) that this ayah was revealed regarding “REMAINING SILENT WHEN IMAM RECITES”… Then Imam Ibn Kathir says:

وقال أبو حنيفة وأحمد بن حنبل: لا يجب على المأموم قراءة أصلاً في السرية ولا الجهرية بما ورد في الحديث «من كان له إمام فقراءته قراءة له» وهذا الحديث رواه الإمام أحمد في مسنده عن جابر مرفوعاً، وهو في موطأ مالك عن وهب بن كيسان عن جابر موقوفاً، وهذا أصح

Translation: Imam Abu Hanifa (rah) and Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal (rah) say that Qirat is not binding upon Muqtadi“WHETHER IN SILENT OR LOUD PRAYER” because it has come in hadith that whosoever has an Imam then his recitation is your recitation, this hadith is narrated by Imam Ahmed in his Musnad from Jabir (ra) in the “MARFU FORM” and in Muwatta Imam Malik via the route of Wahb bin Kaysan who nattated from Jabir (ra) in Mawquf form. (Ibn Kathir said) This is more correct [Tafsir Ibn Kathir, (1/281) under 7:204]

May Allah immensely bless Imam Ibn Kathir (rah) who in-spite of being a Shafi’i proved the stance of Imam Abu Hanifa and Ahnaaf as closer to Qur’an. copied from ahlus-sunna.com(click here to read his article as well)

Tafseer from Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Masud

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو سَعِيدٍ الأَشَجُّ، ثنا ابْنُ فُضَيْلٍ وَأَبُو خَالِدٍ عَنْ دَاوُدَ بْنِ أَبِي هِنْدَ عَنِ أَبِي نَضْرَةَ عَنْ أُسَيْرِ بْنِ جَابِرٍ الْمُحَارِبِيِّ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ قَالَ: لَعَلَّكُمْ تُقِرُّونَ؟ قُلْنَا: نَعَمْ قَالَ: أَلا تَفْقَهُونَ؟ مالكم لَا تَعْقِلُونَ؟ وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنْصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ.

Imam Ibn Abi Haatim Rh. — > Abu Saeed Al Ashaj Rh. — > Ibn Fuzail Rh., Abu Khalid Rh. — >Dawud Ibn Abi hind Rh. — > Abi Nadhrah Rh. — >Usair bin Jabir Rh. — > Abdullah bin Masood Radiallahu anhum, He says:

Perhaps you people recite behind Imam in prayers, they replied Yes. so Ibn Masud replied, ” Dont you know, hasn’t time come yet that you use your senses, When the Qur’an is being recited then listen attentively and remain silent so that mercy will be showered upon you.

Tafseer Ibn Abi Haatim : Hadees no 8730, Chain is 100% Authentic.


1 – Imam Ibn Abi Haatim r.a Al Mutawaffa 327 Hij. Famous Imam, Hafiz ul Hadees . (Al A’alam Liz Zurkali : vol 3 : page324)

2 – Abu Saeed Al Ashaj r.a Al Mutawaffa 257 Hij. thiqa narrator of 6 famous books. (Taqreeb : no 3354)

3 – Abu Khalid Al Ahmar r.a Narrator of Sahihen and 4 Sunans.

Imam Ibn Maeen r.a, Imam Ibn Madeeni r.a, Imam Ibn Sa’ad r.a, Imam Ijli r.a aur Imam ibn Hibban r.a they all agree that Abu Khalid r.a is thiqa. (Tehzeeb ut Tehzeeb)

4 – Dawud Ibn Abi Hind r.a also a Thiqa narrator of 6 famous books. (Taqreeb : no 1817)

5 – Abu Nadhrah r.a also a narrator of Sahihen THIQA. (Taqreeb : no 6890)

6 – Usair bin Jabir r.a Al Mutawaffa 85 Hij. also a narrator of Sahihen thiqa.

Imam Ibn hibban r.a, Imam Ibn Sa’ad r.a, Imam Ijli r.a Wagaira agreed he is thiqa. (Tehzeeb ut Tehzeeb )

7 – Abdullah bin Masood r.a Al Mutawaffa 33 Hij. famous Companion.(main source of Hanafi Fiqh (Taqreeb : no 3613)

no ‘Ilal or visible problem in the chain of narration proving that it’s 100% Sahih.

2nd narration:

حَدَّثَنَا أَبِي، ثنا النُّفَيْلِيُّ، ثنا مِسْكِينُ بْنُ بُكَيْرٍ ثنا ثَابِتُ بْنُ عَجْلانَ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ: إِنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ فِي سَعَةٍ مِنَ الاسْتِمَاعِ إِلَى يَوْمِ جُمُعَةَ، أَوْ فِي صَلاةٍ مَكْتُوبَةٍ أَوْ يَوْمِ أَضْحَى أَوْ يَوْمِ فِطْرٍ فِي قَوْلِهِ: وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنْصِتُوا

Imam Ibn Abi Haatim Rh. — > Imam Abu Haatim Rh. — > Nufaili Rh. — > Miskeen bin Bukair Rh. — > Saabit bin Ajlaan Rh. — > Saeed bin Jubair Rh. — > Ibn Abbas radiallahu anhum.

Ibn Abbas r.a says: This ayah is revealed about “prayers”.

1 – Imam Ibn Abi Haatim Rh. Al Mutawaffa 327 Hij. Famous Imam, Hafiz ul Hadees. (Al A’alam Liz Zurkali : vol 3 : page 324)

2 – Imam Abu Haatim Rh. Al Mutawaffa 272 Hij. among Huffaaz . (Taqreeb : no 5718)

3 – Nufaili Rh. Jinka Naam Abdullah bin Muhammed An Nufaili Rh. Al Mutawaffa 234 Hij. narrator of Sahihen THIQA Hafiz. (Taqreeb : no 3594)

4 – Miskeen bin Bukair Rh. Al Mutawaffa 198 Hij. narrator of Sahihen THIQA.

Imam Abu Haatim Rh. and Imam Ibn Maeen Rh. Fstates theres no harm in him. Imam Ibn hibban & Imam Ibn shaheen Rh. states he is Thiqa. (Tehzeeb ut Tehzeeb)

5 – Saabit bin Ajlaan Rh. narrator of bukhari, Sudooq + thiqa. (Tehzeeb ut Tehzeeb, Taqreeb : no 822)

6 – Saeed bin Jubair Rh. Faqih, strong, thiqa, narrator of 6 famous books. (Taqreeb : no 2278)

7 – Ibn Abbas Rdh. Famous companion (Al Kaashif)

Narration 3:

حَدَّثَنَا وَكِيعٌ، عَنْ جَرِيرٍ، عَنِ الشَّعْبِيِّ، وَعَنْ سُفْيَانَ، عَنْ جَابِرٍ، عَنْ مُجَاهِدٍ، وَعَنْ أَبِي الْمِقْدَامِ، عَنْ مُعَاوِيَةَ بْنِ قُرَّةَ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مُغَفَّلٍ فِي قَوْلِهِ تَعَالَى: {وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنْصِتُوا} ، قَالُوا: «فِي الصَّلَاةِ»

Imam Abu Bakr Ibn Shaiba Rh. – – > Wakii Rh. – – > Jareer Rh. – – > Shaibii Rh. – – > Abdulla bin Mughfal Rdh.

Abdullah ibn Mughfal states this Ayat was revealed regarding Prayers/Salah.  Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba : vol 5 : page 447, Chain SAHIH


1 – Imam Abubakr Ibn Abi shaiba Rh. Al Mutawaffa 235 Hij. thiqa thiqa thiqa thiqa+much more. (Taqreeb : no 3575)

2 – Imam Wakii Rh. Al Mutawaffa 197 Hij. narrator of shaihen, thiqa, hafiz,faqih. (Taqreeb : no 7414)

3 – Jaraar bin Haazim Rh. Al Mutawaffa 170 Hij. Thiqa + narrator of 6 books.

Imam Ibn Maeen Rh., Imam Bazzaar Rh., Imam Ibn Sa’ad Rh., Imm Ijli Rh., Imam Ibn Hibban Rh., Imam Saaji Rh. states he is Thiqa

Imam Nasaai Rh. states theres no harm in it. (Tehzeeb ut Tehzeeb)

4 – Imam Shabii Rh. Al Mutawaffa 100 Hij. Bnarrator of shaihen THIQA. (Taqreeb : no 3092)

5 – Abdullah bin Mughfal Rdh. prophet’s companion. (Taqreeb : no 3638)

chain is authentic as you can see. + 3 companions agree this verse was revealed regarding Salah.

One more narration states:

Hazrat Abul Aaliya Rh. Al Mutawaffa 93 Hij States That when Prophet Muhammad sallallaho aleh wasallam used to pray, his Companions would pray behind him with him but when this ayat was revealed:

  =>وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنْصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

Then Companions became silent(they would not recite anything) and prophet would recite.

Kitaab ul Qirat Lil Bayhaqi : vol1 : page107, HASAN SAHIH 

Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal r.a

states that everyone believes that this Ayah وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنْصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ was revealed regarding Salah. Imam Abu Dawood r.a narrates from Imam Ahmad that he said ” All scholars agree(consensus) that this was revealed regarding Salah. Al Mughni : vol2 : page261

Now those who have read it, please stop accusing innocent muslims of doing Bid’ah astagfirullah, dont you have any fear you one day have to answer Allah fear Allah damn wahhabis salafis kharjis. they may say but these narrations refer to loud prayers and not in silent prayers? well dont worry, read more below I dont have much time left right now.

Here’s a gift:

Walid bin Qays asked Suwaid bin Ghafla (ra): Should there be Qirat behind Imam in the Dhuhr and Asr prayers? He said: No! [Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah 1/413

1. Musnnaf Ibn e Abi shaybah, Volume 1, Page: 331, Hadith No #3796

2. Al Athaar of Muhmmad Bin Hasan, Volume 1, Page: 186, Hadith No #87

Read Here: https://www.ahlus-sunna.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91&Itemid=152



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