Hanafi leading Shaafi’ees in Salaah

Q: I am situated an area where Hanafi madhhab is minority, and I regularly lead the salaah at the local Musallah. I am a Hanafi. Please can you clarify the following, as I do want want to create any confusion in the community:

  1. Is it permissible for me to lead the Asr salaah, even though the Shafiee time is followed?
  2. For Fajr and Zohr salaah, if I have not performed my sunnats as yet, should I decline to lead the salaah?
  3. When leading taraweeh: If majority of the jamaat performs the sajdah ​tilaawat in 17th para, and not the sajdah in 23th para, do I have to do this as well, or do I do as I have been taught?
  4. Witr in Ramadaan: Can I lead the witr, as I believe the Shafiee method is different?
  5. Recently, one of the brothers, while leading salaah performed sajdah sahw, by making both salaams, then 2 sajdahs, then immediately 2 salaams to end the ​salaah. Is the salaah correct, as I have been taught differently?
  6. I notice that the Imaams in the area say something in Arabic before the salaah, which I believe is related to straightening the saffs. Is this a sunnat, and if so, what exactly should I say.


A: ​

  1. As far as possible try and perform the namaaz behind a shaafi`ee.
  2. No. However, as for the Fajr sunnats, ask them to allow you to perform very short sunnats for about two minutes.
  3. You should do those sajdahs that are waajb on you i.e. the first one in the 17th para and the one in the 23rd para.
  4. Yes.
  5. The namaaz is valid though it was not right for him to make the second salaam if there was the need to make sajdah sahw.
  6. There is great emphasis on the straightening of the saffs. You may request the congregation to straighten their saffs and fill in the gaps.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)