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There r certain chapters( Suras like surah Teen) in Holy Quran for which we have to answer. If we are r behind an Imaam (or alone) and he recites such Surah then in this case, is it necessary to answer such sura by Muqtadees or by Imaam himself...


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Source: tafsir ibn kathir: There are some surah like 'al-ala' in the quran where we have to respond with tasbih, here we will take example of surah 'al-ala' [87:1] the first verse says," Sabbihi isma rabbika al-aAAla" (Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High.) And we respond it with "subhana rabiyal ala" (Glory to my Lord, the Most High.)

Imam Ahmad recorded from Ibn 'Abbas that whenever the Messenger of Allah would recite the first verse of the surah 'al-ala' he would then recite "subhana rabiyal ala" (Glory to my Lord, the Most High.)

The majority of the scholars are of the opinion that when a believer is in congregation he should not answer, (as it is recommended to listen to the recitation of quran while the imam is reciting) so that any of the fellow believers are not disturbed. However if he would like to recite in heart then there is no harm in it.

Other than the above case, the believer should recite the response, whether he be in sunnah prayer, or reciting quran any where. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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