Is prayer invalidated if a chapter or supplication is read wrongly; is it permissible to start reading again from the beginning?

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The following is stated in the book al-Fawaid: "The prayer of a person who makes a big mistake in reading and then who returns and corrects it is not invalidated. The prayer of a person who makes a mistake in i’rab and then who corrects it is also valid." (see Celal Yıldırım, Kaynaklarıyla İslam Fıkhı, Uysal Kitabevi: 1/285-286.)

If the meaning is distorted when a mistake is made in the chapter that is read in a prayer, the prayer is invalidated; if the meaning is not distorted, the prayer is not invalidated.

If a person makes a mistake while reading an additional chapter and if he starts it again to correct it, sajdah as-sahw is not necessary. However, if he does not read an additional chapter or if he does not read it again though he has made a mistake, sajdah as-sahw becomes necessary.

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