In a book called Ta'leemul Haq, it states:

Conditions for Namaaz

This implies that omitting niyat invalidates salah.

However, the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) said:

عَنْ أمِيْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ أَبِيْ حَفْصٍ عُمَرَ ابْنِ الْخَطَّابِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالُ سَمِعْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ سَلَّمَ يِقُوْلُ إنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَ إنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِىءٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إلَى اللهِ وَ رَسُوْلِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إلَى اللهِ وَ رَسُوْلِهِ وَ مَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ لِدُنْيَا يُصِيْبُهَا أوِ امْرَأةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إلَيْهِ رَوَاهُ إمَامَا الْمُحَدِّثِيْنَ أبُوْ عَبْدِ اللهِ مَحَمَّدُ بْنُ إسْمَاعِيْلَ بْنِ إبْنِ إبْرَاهِيْمَ بْنِ الْمُغِيْرَةِ بْنِ بَرْدِزْبَهْ الْبُخَارِيُّ وَ أبُوْ الْحَسَيْنِ مُسْلِمُ بْنُ الْحَجَّاجِ بْنِ مُسْلِمٍ الْقُشَيْرِيُّ النَّيْسَابُوْرِيُّ فِيْ صَحِيْحَيْهِمَا اللَّذَيْنِ هُمَا أصَحُّ الْكُتُبِ الْمُصَنَّفَةِ

On the authority of Ameer ul-Mu’mineen (the Commander of the Faithful), Abu Hafs `Umar ibn al-Khattab radiAllahu anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam say:

Actions are but by intentions and every man shall have only that which he intended. Thus he whose migration (Hijrah to Madeenah from Makkah) was for Allah and His Messenger, his migration was for Allah and His Messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated.

Reported in Bukhari and Muslim

So how can niyat be omitted if actions are according to intentions. If one is doing salah, they are intending to perform salah and thus that is there niyat?

  • "actions are according to intentions" - This doesn't mean that if you are praying, you have the intention to pray. For instance, you can pray while being forced, then you might not intend to pray. So just because you are doing something, doesn't mean you are doing it by the heart or with niyyah. – Kilise May 28 '17 at 17:46
  • Is your question related to niyyah (intention) as one's determination to do an act, or as verbal announcement to be made prior to an act? – III-AK-III May 28 '17 at 21:05
  • One's determination to do an act because I read somewhere that verbal announcements is not needed. – Armaan May 28 '17 at 22:02
  • Relevant post islam.stackexchange.com/questions/40279/… – Medi1Saif Feb 18 '18 at 11:10

Salaam Alaikum,

I have read all brothers opinion about making Niyyah before praying and I have to just say that nothing in this world can work without making Niyyah.

One brother said that if I am going for salah thats itself is making Niyyah for salah, but Brother once I am ready for salah before starting salah its impiortant to make Niyyah in my Heart or softly what salah I am going to recite namely Fajr / Zohar....Wajib or Kaza or nawafil salah.

Other than Obligatory prayers there are recomendation prayers we have to make Niyyah .

If some one says no Niyyah is needed than my question is when we give Sacrifice why do we make Niyyah, when we go for Haj why make Niyyah , when we give Zakat / sadaqah why to make Niyyah, we can just give.

Brothers we cannot make our Islam...we have to follow Rasool Allah Islam.

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    This doesn't like an answer to me rather than a commentary on comments. Based on a clear misunderstanding! – Medi1Saif May 25 '18 at 7:00

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