Istiftaat > Doubting the number of prostrations
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Q: I always doubt my prayers, thus, I do not remember whether I have performed the Ruku’ and Sujood or not. Aslo, while performing the Wudhu’ (ablution) I feel that I have broken wind, but I am not sure of that … This often happens to me even if I repeat my wudhu. What shall I do in such a case? 

A: You have to ignore your doubt, rely on the verity of your performance; ignore your suspicions in order to get rid of them, rely on God and seek refuge in Him (The Exalted).

Q: During prayer, I doubt the number of prostrations (ruku’) that I performed … sometimes, I pray 3 prostrations (ruku’) or 5 prostrations (ruku’) …How to perform “Sahw” prostration, knowing that I do not know how to perform it and what its rulings are? 

A: The one who always has doubts in his prayer, does not have to care about his doubts. If he knows that he prayed more or less prostrations, his prayer is considered invalid. Each doubt has its rulings like if you doubt between the third and the fourth or between the second or the third prostration after the two prostrations or after the third or the fifth when performing prostration… such cases are explained in details in the “Al-Fatawa Al-Wadiha”. The Sahw prostration constitutes of two prostrations with Tashahhud and Tasl?m, then, one says during prostrating: Bismillah Wa Billah Assalam Alayka Ayouha Annabi Wa Rahmatou Allah Wa Barakatuh.