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