Category: Prayer (Salaat)
Fatwa#: 37608
Asked Country: United Kingdom

Answered Date: Feb 11,2017

Title: Started Salah without wudhu and didn’t inform the congregation


Assalamu alaykum 

I once led a salah in the mosque without wudhu, I started the salah without wudhu. This was around a few years ago and I didn't tell anyone because I was scared to embarrass myself. Now I realise what a huge sin I have done and I don't remember the people who prayed the salah behind me so now I am very worried as to what I should do. How do I get forgiveness for doing this. 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is the responsibility of the Imam to ensure his Salah and the Salah of the congregation is performed meticulously without any deficiencies.

If for some reason the Salah was invalid, the Imam must inform the congregation.

In the enquired situation, you must inform whoever you remember from the congregation to repeat their Salah.[1]

If you are unable to recall the members of the congregation, make sincere tawbah, repent to Allah, and beg Him for forgiveness.  

If you are truly sincere in your repentance, Allah will forgive you inshaaAllah.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saad Haque

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.






[1] الدر المختار شرح تنوير الأبصار وجامع البحار (ص: 80)

)وإذا ظهر حدث إمامه) وكذا كل مفسد في رأي مقتد (بطلت فيلزم إعادتها) لتضمنه صلاة المؤتم صحة وفسادا (كما يلزم الامام إخبار القوم إذا أمهم وهو محدث أو جنب) أو فاقد شرط أو ركن… (بالقدر الممكن) بلسانه أو (بكتاب أو رسول على الاصح) لو معينين وإلا لا يلزمه،

فتاوى رحيمية جلد٤ ص٧٢

فتاوى رحيمية جلد٥ ص١٠٧

إمداد الأحكام جلد١ ص٥٢٥

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