The basmalah after Surat ul-Faatihah

Q: “After reciting Surat ul-Faatihah in prayer, do we say the basmalah[1] before the next surah?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“If the one who is praying finishes reciting Surat ul-Faatihah and starts another surah from its beginning, he initially recites the basmalah because it is part of the surah, except Surat Baraa.ah (i.e. Surat ut-Tawbah) as is known; and he recites the basmalah quietly. But if he starts the recitation from the middle or end of the surah, there is no basmalah.”

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Q: “If he recites more than one surah, does he recite the basmalah quietly for each time?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“Each time. Reciting the basmalah loudly is not correct.”

[1] i.e. bismillaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 814/10 & 209/1 / asaheeha translations]

The basmalah after Surat ul-Faatihah

2 thoughts on “The basmalah after Surat ul-Faatihah

  1. Ishola Akeem says:

    jazaakallahu khayran for the additional benefits. however, we need specific evidences from the sunnah to support this fatwa for purpose of knowledge.

    1. wa iyyaakum,

      yes of course, but the mashaykh when answering questions do not always elaborate the daleel.

      refer to the Shaykh’s original book on the Prophet’s prayer, ‘alayhi ssalaam; in discussing the prayer, starting from p. 277, there is a description of how the Prophet used to begin his recitation with the Faatiha and that he did not say the basmalah outloud, and in the footnote section (which runs for pages), the Shaykh brings in many narrations addressing this, and that the Prophet and his Companions (including Abu Bakr, ‘Umar and ‘Uthmaan) used to say it quietly; in addition, the Shaykh discusses some narrations that say it should be done loudly, and shows that there isn’t a clear narration that is authentic in proving this.

      Shaykh Bin Baaz was also asked about the ruling of saying the basmalah loudly before Surat ul-Faatiha or other suwar, and he similarly mentioned that what is authentically established in the Sunnah is saying it quietly.

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