I currently have another Muslim brother staying in my house. We have been praying some of our Salat together at home; sometimes he leads and sometimes I do.

Sometimes when he leads Maghrib or Ishaa, he recites Ayah al Kursi (and no other Ayat) after the initial al Fatihah, then continues with Rukoo.

I have always believed that the recitation after al Fatihah, in the first two Rakat, had to be at least three Ayat for the Salah to be valid. Am I wrong about this?

So, is his Salah valid in this case? And is my Salah valid, when I am praying behind him? I don't want to correct him without being very sure about it.

It's worth mentioning that my friend and I are both Sunnis.

  • AFAIK (had read it somewhere credible), from a sunni perspective he's doing the right thing and his and your prayers are valid. Jan 9, 2014 at 8:19
  • for information only: Shia view is that it has to be a complete surah.
    – Sadık
    Apr 4, 2016 at 22:14

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According to Tamer's answer on this related question, the general Sunni opinion is that the three-minimum guideline is particularly for when reciting tiny ayat, and that a single ayah can be recited instead so long as it is of significant length. It doesn't elaborate on what counts as a significant length, but one wouldn't need to stretch when declaring ayat-al-kursi to be "non-tiny".


The right way to seek answer of such question is to look, first in Quran, and then in Sunnah of our prophet (PBUH). Since no amount has be mentioned in both sources, we are free to choose as much as we like. It can one, or more ayats, or even a surrah.


In Hadith rasoolalla (pbuh) has explained that if you read only Fatiha in your salat, it is valid. Therefore you should be able to read any amount of verse after Surat Fatiha (which btw is a complete Surat already) that is convenient so long as the meaning is complete.


Its quite late to post.. I am a convert to Islam. And happened to come to this post while searching about performing prayers. All the answers seems completely logical. And one of the main reason why I converted is that islam is from God and it satisfies oneself with logic. Along with other things, we have made everything so complicated. Rules Rules & rules!! If salat was so simple why make it complicated. Ayat al kursi itself has a very high position. And the love of the person to this ayat is great.

Dont think too much, as one of my muslim friend said if you do everything by rule you make your life complicated. Make it a habbit!


The fard in Salaat is Khyam, Surah Fatiha, Ruku, Sajda, Khaida. That is it. Everything else is optional. We have made salaat very difficult. Allah's messenger has taught us fard and basic salaat. Even Attahiyat is not fard. Even salaam on Allah's messenger is not fard. You can recite various duas. But out of love and respect of Allah's messenger, we also recite salaam on him and his family, popularly call durood e ibrahimiya. Finally, make salaat simple and simple please.

  • ,please provide some references. Jul 2, 2015 at 9:29

Very poor answes. In fact One should read as little as 3 ayatollah (complete sura like Kausar) or as many as ayat that reveals complete sense what Allah SWT want to communicate. Syed Khursheed Zaidi


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