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If I go to pray Isha and for some reason my tongue slips and I accidentally say, “I make intention to pray maghrib” is my prayer valid if I continue, or do I need to repeat the tahrima?

Tonight I was leading isha prayer and my tongue slipped in the intention and I said, “I make intention to pray maghrib.” The people behind me made their takbirs to start the prayer. I then realized before I read the fatiha that I said the wrong niyya and said to myself “I make intention to pray isha” and repeated the tahrima quietly to myself. Is their prayer valid since they didn’t know to repeat their tahrima? If not, would the takbir they made when going into ruku’ count as a tahrima?
asked Mar 12, 2020 in Islamic Creed (Aqaaid) by Tofail Ahamed

1 Answer

Ref. No. 937/41-75

In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most Merciful

The answer to your question is as follows:

Niyyat refers to intention of one's heart. The intention does not need to be uttered verbally. If a person utters something by mistake that goes against what he intended, then the intention is counted not his wordings. Therefore, if you were determined (by heart) to pray isha namaz and uttered ‘Magrib’ instead of ‘Isha’, mistakenly due to slip of your tongue, then your namaz would be regarded valid. You needed not to do Tahrima again. Nevertheless, if you uttered extra ‘Allahu Akbar’ after Tahrima it didn’t invalidate your namaz yet. So don’t worry regarding the validity of your namaz in this case.

And Allah knows best

Darul Ifta

Darul Uloom waqf Deoband

answered Jun 20, 2020 by Darul Ifta
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