Sunni Namaz:Reciting Holy Quran behind Imam is prohibited

4. When performing Namaaz behind an Imam, for a follower (muqtadi) to recite the Holy Quran is strictly prohibited. This is proven from Quranic ayats and Ahadith.

Quranic Ayats:

I. “When the Holy Quran is recited, listen attentively to it and remain silent so that you may be shown mercy.” 33.14 _ Surah Aaraaf Verse 204

2. “And stand for Allahعزوجل in obedience (silence).” 33.15 _ Surah Baqarah, Verse 238


1. Hadrat Ataa ibn Yasaar رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ asked the Sahaabi, Hadrat Zaid ibn Haarith رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ, about recitation (Qirat) with the Imam “انہ سئل زید ابن ثابت عن القراء ۃ مع الامام فقال لا قراءۃ مع الامام فی شیء” .He answered, “Qirat is completely not allowed with the Imam.”- Muslim, Baabu Sujoodit- Tilaawat

2. Hadrat Abu Bakr رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ to once asked Salmaan, “What do you think about the Hadith of Abu Hurairah رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ .He replied, “It is entirely sound (Sahih).” 33.16 In other words, the Hadith “When the Imam makes Qirat, you must remain silent” is Sahih. – Muslim, Baabut­Tashahud

3. Hadrat Jaabir رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ narrates, “The person who performed namaaz but didn’t recite Surah Fatiha has not performed namaaz, except for when he behind an Imam (In other words, he shouldn’t recite Surah Fatiha at that time). 33.17- Tirmidhi

4. Hadrat Abu Hurairah رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ reports that Sayyiduna Rasoolullahصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, “The Imam has been ppointed so that he may be followed. So, when he makes Takbecr, you make Takbeer, and when he recites, you remain silent.” 33.18 – Nasaa’i

5. Hadrat Ali رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ narrates, “A man asked the Holy Prophetصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم “Should I recite behind the Imam or remain silent?” He replied, “Remain silent. The Imam is sufficient for you.” 33.19 -Daar-Qutni


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