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Qunut behind a Shafi Imam in Fajr

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How should a Hanafi follower act when praying in a congregation behind a Shafie imam who raises his hands in Qunut in Fajr, should he also raise his hands in Qunut?
If yes, should he recite anything? If no, what if he is afraid that it causes fitna not to raise the hands?


In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

According to the Hanafi School of Thought a person should not raise his hands to make dua during the Qunut of the Fajr Salah and one should remain silent with his hands on his sides. If the person participated in it then such an action will be considered disliked, but will not render the Salah to be invalid. (Hidayah p.145 v.1 & Fatawa Mahmoodiyah p.370 v.6)

Insha Allah your actions should not create a fitnah or mischief. However, if there is a fear of this then you can act upon Imam Abu Yusuf’s opinion who allows a Hanafi to follow a Shafi Imam in the Qunut of Fajr. (Hidayah, Ibid)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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