Making Salaam after the Imaam finishes making Salaam in Salaah

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Q. What is the correct way to make Salaam behind the Imaam? After the first Salaam or after both Salaams?

A. The correct and preferred way of making Salaam for a follower (Muqtadi) is to make Salaam to the right after the Imaam makes Salaam to the right and then to make Salaam to the left after the Imaam makes Salaam to the left.

If a follower (Muqtadi) makes Salaam after both the Salaams of the Imaam, the Salaah will remain valid. (Muheet 2/46 – Lubaab 1/74)

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