If a person performs a fard prayer of four rak'ahs as five rak'ahs by mistake and remembers it after saluting, does this prayer become valid or does it have to be performed again?

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If a person performs a fard prayer of four rak'ahs as five rak'ahs by mistake and remembers it after saluting, does this prayer become valid or does it have to be performed again?

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It is fard to sit in the last rak'ah of all fard prayers. If a person stands up without sitting in the last rak'ah and if he has prostrated for the fifth rak'ah, the prayer has to be performed again since a fard has been abandoned. However, if he sits at the end of the fourth rak'ah and stands up for the fifth rak'ah, his prayer is valid.

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