Burying Bid’ah PT 2– Delayed Silence after Fatihah

سَمُرَةُ بْنُ جُنْدُبٍ أَنَّهُ حَفِظَ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- سَكْتَتَيْنِ سَكْتَةً إِذَا كَبَّرَ وَسَكْتَةً إِذَا فَرَغَ مِنْ قِرَاءَةِ (غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ) فَحَفِظَ ذَلِكَ سَمُرَةُ وَأَنْكَرَ عَلَيْهِ عِمْرَانُ بْنُ حُصَيْنٍ فَكَتَبَا فِى ذَلِكَ إِلَى أُبَىِّ بْنِ كَعْبٍ وَكَانَ فِى كِتَابِهِ إِلَيْهِمَا أَوْ فِى رَدِّهِ عَلَيْهِمَا أَنَّ سَمُرَةَ قَدْ حَفِظَ

Samurah (may Allah be pleased with him) said, ” I memorized from Allah’s Messenger (sallahu Alayhi wa Salim) two pauses. The first one was when he said the Takbir and the second one was after he finished reciting:… Not those upon whom anger is shown nor those who are astray. Samurah had memorized this, but Imran Bin Hussain rejected it. So, they both wrote to Ubayy bin Ka’b and in his reply he wrote that Samurah had memorized (correctly).

Abu Dawud (666) AD-Daruqutni , Ibn Munthair and Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on them all) graded this hadeeth as weak.

Benefits for this topic:

  • The weakness of this hadeeth shows that it’s not Sunnah for the Imam to prolong silence after reciting Fatihah, in order for  the followers to recite it.


  •  Shaykul Islam Ibn Taymeeyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “It’s not sunnah for the Imam to pause so the followers can recite Fatihah after him according to the majority of the scholars. This is the view of Abu Haneefah, Malik, Ahmed and others. Their proof that remaining silent after Fatihah is incorrect. It is a fact that the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salim) didn’t do it for the people behind him to read Fatihah. Additionally, this action hasn’t been mentioned on any of the companions. (Majmu’ 23/276)
  • Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah mercy on him) said, “It hasn’t been (authentically) reported that the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salim) paused between Fatihah and the recital of another surah. This is the view of some Fuqahah.  However, according to some Fuqahah the Imam pauses briefly to catch his breath, and this allows the people praying behind him to recite Fatihah. Nonetheless, the pause the Imam does is a brief one, not a long one. (Majmu’ 13/150)
  • Some actions people follow or do are based on weak, fabricated, or unauthenticated hadeeth.

Translated and compiled by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar 1433 ©

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