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If you are a follower in a Jama'at, and you hear the Imam making a mistake

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3.      If you are a follower in a Jama'at, and you hear the Imam making a mistake, if he completes the prayer without Sajdah Sahv, can a follower do the Sajdah Sahv and correct his own Salat? Also if there are only 2-3 in Jamat, can the same thing happen (where the follower does Sajdah Sahv at the end so the Imam realises and the Imam continues with the Sajdah Sahv and continues to complete the prayer?

 

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Sajdah sahoo of imam

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Your Question: If you are a follower in a Jama'at, and you hear the Imam making a mistake, if he completes the prayer without Sajdah Sahv, can a follower do the Sajdah Sahv and correct his own Salat?

Sahl ibn Sa'd as-Sa'di relates that the Prophet (saws) said: "If someone is faced with something during the salah, he should say 'Subhan-Allah.' Clapping is for the women and saying Subhanallah is for the men."

Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and an-Nasa'i.

 

If one is praying behind the imam in congregation, and wishes to make the imam realize that he has made an error or mistake in his prayer, the believing males should say Subhan-Allah aloud; or if the believing woman realizes the mistake, she should clap, the sound of which will alert the imam to his error or mistake.

 

When praying behind an imam in congregation, the complete responsibility of fulfilling all the obligatory acts of prayer are solely upon the imam alone, and it is absolutely obligatory for those praying behind the imam to follow his every act. If the imam makes a minor mistake or error during the prayer and completes the prayer with a sajdah-sahu, then all the believers praying behind the imam should follow the actions of the imam and do likewise. But if the imam leading the prayers makes an error and does not perform the sajdah-sahu at the end of the prayer, the believers praying behind should not and cannot perform the sajdah-sahu on their own. Regardless of whatever mistakes the imam might have involuntary committed during the prayer, the prayers of the believers praying behind him will be acceptable in the Sight of Allah.

 

For example, there is mention in Islamic Jurisprudence, that if an imam were to lead the prayers in congregation.and after the whole congregation is dispersed and then the imam realizes that he led the prayers without being in the state of wudu.Shariah Law dictates that the imam alone must repeat his prayer, but the prayers of the believers who prayed behind him need not be repeated.

 

Your Question: Also if there are only 2-3 in Jamat, can the same thing happen (where the follower does Sajdah Sahv at the end so the Imam realises and the Imam continues with the Sajdah Sahv and continues to complete the prayer?

Sahl ibn Sa'd as-Sa'di relates that the Prophet (saws) said: "If someone is faced with something during the salah, he should say 'Subhan-Allah.' Clapping is for the women and saying Subhanallah is for the men."

Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and an-Nasa'i.

 

Beloved brother, regardless of how many people are praying behind the imam in congregation, the way to make the imam realize his error is by the believing men declaring aloud Subhan-allah and the believing women clapping.

 

The believers who pray in congregation behind the imam should not and cannot perform the sajdah-sahu themselves unless and until the imam himself performs it at the end of the prayer.

 

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Burhan


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