What should I do if someone joins me while I’m praying my Sunnah?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Tafseer Raheemi

Assalamu alaikum,
Mawlana saab, last saturday i started praying in the masjid by myself.i was praying the 4 rakah sunnat of zohar,then a brother joined me as if i were praying fard but i was praying sunnat.then another brother joined as well.i prayed noramlly and concluded the prayer.then moved to a different spot and prayed my fard.i asked the mosque imam about this,he said it is ok what happened.the mosque is run by madhabi and salafi people. question is,what is the ruling according to our madhab.
2.if their salah is correct,then what intention should i make in the middle of salah.
3.if the salah is not correct,what should i tell the brothers after the salah.
my whole family attended your lecture today in lantern of the reason we attended was for get your dua.
may Allah the almighty increase your life with barakah and elevate your status.

Wa Alaikum Salaam,

JazakAllah for attending the course. I hope you benefitted. May Allah reward you and be pleased with you.

According to the Hanafi madhhab, the salaah of a person performing a farḍ prayer behind someone praying nafl prayers will not be valid and he will have to read his farḍ again. You don’t need to do anything.

If this happens again, just continue with your Salah and let them join you. They might from other madh’hab which allows a fard behind a nafl.

This answer was collected from the official website of Sheikh Abdul Raheem Limbada (Hafizahullah) of UK.

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