The Office of the Supreme Leader

To change the surah after saying bismillah …

Q: Can we determine the surah after saying "bismillāhir raḥmānir raḥīm" or change our mind from one surah to another?

A: Unlike surah Al-Ḥamd, "bismillāhir raḥmānir raḥīm" in other surahs is not a part of surah. Therefore, if one recites "bismillāhir raḥmānir raḥīm" intending a certain surah and then changes his mind, it is not necessary to repeat "bismillāhir raḥmānir raḥīm".

 

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