Reciting Tashahhud after Sujood as-Sahw in Hanbali School
Fatwa No: 346423


Assalaamu alaykum, Shaykh. Thanks for responding, but your reply did not answer my question; I asked you whether is it obligatory or just Sunnah to recite Tashahud after Sujood Sahw (prostration of forgetfulness) if it is done after the Tasleem (ending the prayer with the Salaam greeting) according to the Hanbali school?


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 The Hanbalis held that it is obligatory (Waajib) to recite Tashahhud after the Sujood as-Sahw that is performed after the Tasleem, as is stated in their books. Even if the person forgot to perform Sujood as-Sahw before Tasleem and he performed it after Tasleem, he has to recite Tashahhud as an obligation, according to them.

In his commentary on the Fiqh book Al-Muqni’, the Hanbali scholar Ibn Muflih said:

...When he performs Sujood as-Sahw after Tasleem, regardless of whether he was supposed to perform it after Tasleem or before it but he forgot and then performed it after Tasleem, he must recite the final Tashahhud as an obligation. This is the view of a group of scholars including Ibn Mas‘ood, as evidenced by the hadeeth narrated on the authority of ‘Imraan, who reported that the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, forgot (something), so he performed two prostrations and then recited the Tashahhud and then made Tasleem... [Abu Dawood; At-Tirmithi - At-Tirmithi graded it hasan (good)] Moreover, he should recite the Tashahhud (after Sujood as-Sahw) because it is a prostration that requires Tasleem, so it has to be followed by the Tashahhud and then Tasleem, just like the obligatory, final Tashahhud of the prayer ... Another view holds that one should not recite Tashahhud in this case, just like the Sujood as-Sahw before Tasleem, and this view was chosen by Shaykh Taqiyy Ad-Deen (Ibn Taymiyyah).” [Sharh Al-Muqni’]

Allah knows best.

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