Should I Follow the School of the People of My Local Mosque When Praying With Them?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam aleykum,

I usually go to a nearby mosque. In the congregational prayer after Sura Fatiha the people there say ameen loudly and at the end of the prayer they give salam after the imam gave salam to his right and left. As I follow the Hanafi school should I do the above mentioned things different than them?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Yes, you should continue to follow the dictates of our school, namely, by saying the “amin” quietly. As for the salams, doing so with everybody else in this case would be fine as the expectation is to follow the imam (1) at the same time as him, as per the position of Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah Most High be pleased with him), or (2) immediately thereafter, as per the position of Qadi Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad (Allah be pleased with them both), remaining behind him in both cases.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah (1.375)]

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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