Forgetting to recite sunnah qiraat in salaah

Q:

1. Before starting witr, I made an intention in my mind that I will recite the surahs which are sunnah to recite in witr. Then I said softly that I make niyyah to pray 3 rakat witr, but I did not say anything about which surah I will recite. During the prayer, I forgot to recite the sunnah surahs in the first two rakahs. Then I thought that I will do sajdah sahw, but I forgot to do that too. Is my witr valid?

2. Is sajdah sahw waajib if someone intends to recite a specific surah and then forgets to recite it?

A:

1. The salaah is valid and sajdah e sahw is not compulsory.

2. If one intends to recite the sunnah qiraat and thereafter forgets to recite it, sajdah e sahw does not become compulsory.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وفي الولوالجية الأصل في هذا أن المتروك ثلاثة أنواع فرض وسنة وواجب ففي الأول أمكنه التدارك بالقضاء يقضي وإلا فسدت صلاته وفي الثاني لا تفسد؛ لأن قيامها بأركانها وقد وجدت ولا يجبر بسجدتي السهو وفي الثالث إن ترك ساهيا يجبر بسجدتي السهو وإن ترك عامدا لا، كذا في التتارخانية (الفتاوى الهندية 1/126)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)