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I heard the first one should be longer than the second. But how do you decide which to recite?

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Simply, you choose whatever surah you'd like! But it is preferred to be in order, like if you're gonna read surat Al-Asr in the first raka'a, its better to read a surah which is after it in order rather than a surah before it, even if it's shorter.

  • Thank you for your answer. Is there no guidance on which to select other tha. Whatever strikes your mood at the time? – Shamoon Aug 11 '15 at 2:28
  • Yes, whatever strikes your mood! Because all is Quraan. However, in some particular prayers, particular Surahs are preferred to be read. Such as the sunnah of salat Al-Subh(Al Fajr), surat Al Kaferoon and surat Al Ikhlas are preferred. – Abdel Rahman Shamel Aug 11 '15 at 3:33

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