What is the decree on performing nafilah prayers by sitting? Does a person who follows a musafir imam need to read al-Fatiha in the third and fourth rak’ahs?

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It is fard to stand in fard and wajib prayers. It is permissible to perform sunnah and mustahab prayers by sitting whether a person has an excuse or not. (It is better to perform them by standing.) The sunnah of the morning prayer is an exception.

Tarawih prayer is not performed by sitting without an excuse just like the sunnah of the morning prayer. A person who starts a nafilah prayer by standing can complete it by sitting and a person who starts a nafilah prayer by sitting can complete it by standing.

A person who follows a musafir imam needs to read al-Fatiha in the third and fourth rak’ahs that he performs alone.

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