Hadith on Recitation: Surat al-Fatihah is enough in prayer, but more is better

June 28, 2017

Ata’ reported: Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him said, “In every prayer is a recitation. Prayers that were recited aloud by the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, we have recited aloud to you, and what he recited silently we have kept silent with you. Whoever recites the foundation of the Book (sūrat al-fātiḥah) has done enough, but to recite more is better.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 738, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 396

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ عَطَاءٍ قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه فِي كُلِّ صَلَاةٍ قِرَاءَةٌ فَمَا أَسْمَعَنَا النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَسْمَعْنَاكُمْ وَمَا أَخْفَى مِنَّا أَخْفَيْنَاهُ مِنْكُمْ وَمَنْ قَرَأَ بِأُمِّ الْكِتَابِ فَقَدْ أَجْزَأَتْ عَنْهُ وَمَنْ زَادَ فَهُوَ أَفْضَلُ

738 صحيح البخاري أبواب صفة الصلاة باب القراءة في الفجر

396 صحيح مسلم كتاب الصلاة باب وجوب قراءة الفاتحة في كل ركعة وقراءة غيرها إن لم يحسنها