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It is more than standard for the imam to recite out loud during the first two rakat of fajr, maghrib and isha prayer.

However what is the actual ruling of this practice - wajib or mustahab? In other words, if the imam recites silently then did he actually commit a sin/mistake?

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It is obligatory according to the Hanafis and sunnah according to the Malikis, Shafi'is and Hanbalis. Making a mistake in it requires a prostration of error or forgetfulness according to the Hanafis, and Malikis.

Ref: https://www.islamweb.net/ar/fatwa/16561/

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  • So in the maliki, shafi and hanbali schools the imam has committed no fault whatsoever and no sin if he recited silently in the first two rakat of these prayers?
    – drake035
    Sep 1, 2023 at 15:24

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