Giving Salam to the one praying? – (Hanbali Fiqh)

Answered according to Hanbali Fiqh by

Giving Salam to the one praying is permissible (but not recommended) according to the Madhhab, as stated in Muntaha-l Iradat and it is the Nass (explicit text) of Imam Ahmad (r).

However, there is another strong opinion in the Madhhab that says it is disliked to give Salam to the one praying. This was the position of Imam Abu-l Wafa Ibn ‘Aqil (r), Imam al-Hajjawi (r), and others.

[See Kashhaf al-Qina’, Chapter of Salah]