Q. In the Fajr Salaah, the Imaam made a serious mistake that invalidated the Salaah and the Salaah was repeated. My question is, if the Imaam corrected the serious mistake in the second Rakaat that was made in the first Rakaat, would the Salaah have been valid?
A. If an Imaam makes a mistake in his recitation of Quran that significantly changes and alters the meaning of the verse, then by the Imaam rectifying the verse whether immediately thereafter or in the same Rakaat (first Rakaat) or second Rakaat, the Salaah remains valid. Hence, if the Imaam had corrected the mistake within the Salaah, there would be no need to repeat the Salaah. (Hindiyyah 1/82)
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa