Ruling on reciting Al-Faatihah during school’s morning assembly

Question 162: Some girls schools ask us about the ruling on girls reciting Soorah Al-Faatihah aloud at the school’s morning assembly. Being a matter of importance, kindly inform us of the ruling so we can circulate it among the schools.

Answer: It is an act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) that school boys and girls recite Soorah Al-Faatihah during the school’s morning assembly. The Prophet is reported to have said: Whoever does an act extraneous to ours (religious acts), his act is rejected. Narrated by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.

However, there is no harm if various topics are recited and broadcast alternatively including Al-Faatihah i.e. some Qur’aanic Aayaat (verses), some authentic Hadeeths, some proverbs or wisdom, Islaamic poetry or anthems, etc... read more here.

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