silence in the salat


Junior Member
As-salamu Alaykum,

Can someone explain why certain portions of the salat are said silently and why others are said aloud. Also, why and which of the 5 are said entirely silently.


to Allah we belong

fajr, maghrib and isha prayer are said loudly. zuhr and asr are said silently. by loudly, it means only when reciting surah fatiha and second surah when standing.

scholars say that zuhr and asr are said silently bcoz its day-time and busy period with noise, etc. fajr, maghrib and isha are said loudly as its peaceful and we can concentrate.

some also say that during beginning of Islam, muslims were not able to pray loudly during day. so to remember their hardships, we follow same.


Junior Member
fajir, maghrib and isha are said loudly ONLY in congregation- both al-fatiha and the surah thereafter are said loudly in congregation. duhur and asr are said silently be it in congreagtion or not.

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