When to give Salam-with Imam or after

When exactly should one give the taslim behind the imaam ? I heard that they are two view in the Hanafi madhab; that is one simoultanously with the imam which is the view of Imaam Abu Hanifa. And one after the imaams taslim which is the view of Imaam Muhammad and Imaam Abu Yusuf as well as a second view of Imaam Abu Hanifa as stated in al-Mabsut:

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

Answer

Imam Abu Hanifah’s (RA) view is that it is sunnah to give the salam together with the Imam’s salam. Imam Abu Yusuf (RA) and Imam Muhammad (RA) are of the opinion it is sunnah to give the salam after the salam of the Imam. (Maraqi Falah p.101)

Imam Abu Hanifa’s (RA) view is supported through the following hadith where Itban Ibn Malik Radiallahu Anhu narrates that we offered prayer with the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam and used to finish our prayer with the taslim along with his. (Sahih Bukhari p.116 v.1)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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