She Doubts About Pronouncing Some Letters of Al-Faatihah Incorrectly
Fatwa No: 445414

Question

Salaam,I was wondering if I have been reciting Surah Fatiha wrong in my prayers. When I get to the fourth verse and say “Iyya” I am not sure if I’m pronouncing it nasally and accidentally adding an extra letter. I don’t know if I did it on purpose or not either actually because I remember doing it and then thinking maybe it was wrong but I still did it anyways without knowing for sure. Were my prayers valid?

Answer

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.

What appears from the question is that you are afflicted with whispers and doubts; therefore, we advise you to avoid them and not pay any attention to them, for this is the beneficial treatment for them.

With regard to the doubts that you have about pronouncing any letter from Al-Fatihah correctly, or adding a letter, and whether this happened by mistake or not, then all of this stems from whispers, so just ignore them and do not pay attention to them. You should recite in a natural manner, and your prayer is valid, and it is not invalidated by mere doubt. In principle, the prayer is valid and it is not invalidated except with certainty.

Allah knows best.

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