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Ruling 990

The recommended precaution is that in prayers one should not stop on a letter that has a vowel, nor join a letter that has a sukūn. The meaning of stopping on a letter that has a vowel is that one pronounces the fatḥah, kasrah, or ḍammah of the last letter in a word and then pauses between that word and the next. For example, when he recites الرَّحْمٰـــنِ الرَّحِـيـمِ [arraḥmānir rahīm], he pronounces the kasrah of the letter mīm [م] in الرَّحِيمِ [arraḥīm, so that it is pronounced ‘arraḥīmi’] and then pauses briefly before reciting the next verse مٰلِكِ يَومِ الدِّينِ [māliki yawmid dīn]. And the meaning of joining a letter that has a sukūn is that one does not pronounce the fatḥah, kasrah, or ḍammah of the last letter in a word and then joins that word with the next; for example, when he recites الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ [arraḥmānir rahīm], he does not pronounce the kasrah of the letter mīm [م] in الرَّحِيمِ [arrahīm] and then immediately recites مٰلِكِ يَومِ الدِّينِ [māliki yawmid dīn].