On Seeking Refuge with Allaah Before Reciting Faatihah in Each Rak’ah
by The Albaani Blog
Questioner: A question about the validity of seeking refuge with Allaah in every rak’ah, [saying], “A’uthubillaahi minash-Shaitaanir-Rajeem?”
Al-Albaani: There is no express text about seeking refuge with Allaah in every rak’ah, it is something about which there is a dispute. I do not hold that a person should be bigoted to either one of the two opinions, but should rather take what he feels comfortable with and opens up to.
What is apparent to me is that seeking refuge with Allaah before every [recital] of Al-Faatihah in each rak’ah is the stronger opinion due to The Most High’s Statement, “So when you want to recite the Qur’aan, seek refuge with Allaah from Satan, the accursed.” [Nahl 16:98], but there is no forthright hadith suggesting this opinion, it is only a deduction and argument based on the aayah as a whole.
Fatwawa Jeddah, 26.