When and how many times should we recite Bismillah in salah?

  • Whay exactly you mean by saying bismillah in prayer?
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    Mar 24, 2017 at 21:04
  • You should only say Bismillahir rahmanirraheem before a surah Mar 25, 2017 at 21:41

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Bismillah is recited before Surah Fateha, so total four times in fajar, twelve times in Zohar and so on. It is recited one time in each rakat.


Bismillah is recited at the beginning of Surah Al-Fatihah, which is a mandatory component of the prayer. However, there is no specific requirement to recite Bismillah before any other Surah in the prayer.

According to the majority of Islamic scholars, it is recommended to recite Bismillah silently before beginning to recite Surah Al-Fatihah in every Rak'ah (cycle) of the prayer. This means that Bismillah is recited once in each Rak'ah, at the beginning of Surah Al-Fatihah.

However, there is some difference of opinion among Islamic scholars on this issue. Some scholars believe that Bismillah should not be recited aloud in the prayer, while others believe that it should be recited both aloud and silently. Nonetheless, the majority of Islamic scholars agree that reciting Bismillah silently before Surah Al-Fatihah in every Rak'ah of the prayer is recommended (mustahabb).

To find out more about this please follow the link: https://www.islamiqate.com/3809/how-should-correct-mistake-error-made-during-prayers-salat

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