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Salaam Alaykum wrwb Respected Scholar of Islam Kindly provide guidance about the following questions. Jazakallahu Khayran for your time and help. 1) What is the minimum amount of Quran to recite in Fard salah after the Fatiha? is the minimum in terms of number of ayah or number of letters? sometimes one ayah in Surah Baqarah is really big. 2) when reciting quran, is it important to recite in proper sequence in the first two rakahs?

الجواب حامداومصليا
1- The minimum of recitation applies to the number of Verses or its equivalent. One must recite the smallest three Verses or its equivalent from Qur'an after completing the recitation of Fatiha. The smallest three Verses are the Verses of Surah Al-Kawthar.
Therefore if someone recites Surah Al-Kawthar or its equivalent in words, it would be considered sufficient.
2- When you are reciting Qur'an in Salah, you should recite in order of compilation. It is considered Makrooh to intentionally violate this order of recitation in Salah.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America