Imaam moves while reciting the Takbir

Question ID: 26287

In the name of Allah, the most gracious, most merciful.

I observe in Salaah, when the Imaam says “Allah Hu Akbar” to move from one position to another, that he moves first and during his movement he will then recite the Takbir.

I have some questions regarding this:

1. Do we as followers, follow by sight, meaning when the Imaam moves we move? Or do we follow only upon hearing the Takbir?

2. As the Imaam, when is the correct moment to recite the Takbir; do I recite the moment I start moving from one position to another? Or is there an acceptable period within which to pronounce the Takbir while I am moving? And will my Salaah be termed markooh/nullified if I pronounce Takbir but I am already in the next position?

3. Is there a difference for the different Mathaabs?

May the Almighty reward you abundantly.

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Asked on April 16, 2014 1:54 pm
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1) Follow by sound. (upon hearing the Takbir).

2) When he recites the Takbir you also do so.

3) No. The correct procedure is that the Imaam should say the 'Allaahu' and start moving into Rukhu or Sajda and on reaching the end of Rukhu or Sajda the 'Akbar' is to be said. No portion of Salaat must be void of recitation.

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Answered on April 16, 2014 1:54 pm