|If the Imam makes a Mistake in Recitation and no One corrects Him|
If the Imam recites what is easy for him in the prayer and then he forgot the words of a Verse… and no one among the worshippers was able to correct him, should he make the Takbir and end the Rakah, or should he recite another Surah?
He is free to choose, if he wishes, he may make the Takbir and end the Rakah, or, if he prefers, he may recite a Verse or Verses from another Surah according to what the pure Sunnah requires of him in the prayer in which he is reciting – if it (i.e. the mistake) is in other than Surah Al-Fatihah. As for Al-Fatihah, he must recite all of it, because its recitation is one of the pillars of the prayer. And Allaah is the Granter of success.
|Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz|
|Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 420|