Not Articulating the Ghunnah Properly Does Not Invalidate Prayer
Fatwa No: 443569


Assalamu ‘alaykum Dear scholars,when reciting the Qur’an I have problems with ghunnah. I unintentionally make ghunnah in places where it should not be done. Does this type of mistake invalidate my prayer?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The fact that you do not articulate the Ghunnah properly and saying it at the wrong place does not invalidate your prayer. Reciting according to the rules of Tajweed known today is not obligatory, and breaching them does not invalidate the prayer.

Fataawa Noor-un ‘ala ad-Darb by Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him:

“Reciting [the Quran] with Tajweed according to the well-known rules is only a recommended and perfect way. As for the obligation, it is to articulate the letters as they are in a way that one does not omit a letter or add a letter. As regards the characteristics of letters, such as the Madd, Ghunnah, Qalqalah, and the like, then this is only recommended and not obligatory.

For more benefit on the rules of Tajweed (the rules of recitation of the Quran), please refer to Fataawa 350782, 147375, 292798 and 86574.

Allah knows best.

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