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Saying "uh" during prayer

Question: If a person says “uh” in prayer when they get stuck in the recitation of the Quran, will that invalidate the prayer? Answer: ﺑﺴﻢ اﷲ اﻟﺮﺣﻤﻦ اﻟﺮﺣﯿﻢ In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

It is mentioned in Durrul Mukhtar: “Speaking invalidates the prayer- that is pronouncing two letters (or more) or one letter which is understood (i.e. the letter possesses a meaning, e.g. “ِق ” which means safeguard [in the command form]).” Hence, the word “uh” which is spelled as “آ” in Arabic will not invalidate the prayer because it only comprises one letter. [1]


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Written by Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah Darul Ifta Birmingham


1 Raddul Muhtar: v. 2, p. 370 (Maktaba Imdadia); Athmarul Hidayah: v. 1, p. 549-554 (Zamzam); Al-Binayah: v. 2,

p. 470-472 (Al-Maktabatul Haqqania); Al-Bahrul Raaiq: v. 2, p. 3-4 (Maktaba Rasheedia); Umdatul Ri’aayah: v. 2,

p. 171 (Qadeemi Kutub Khana); Fatawa Hindiya: v. 1, p. 112 (DKI); Hashiyatul Tahtawi: p. 321 (Qadeemi Kutub Khana)

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