Question: As salamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,
At the end of a prayer in jamaa'ah, the imam gives salaam to the left and right shoulder. When does a follower in Shafi Maddhab gives his salaam? After the imam gives one salaam or when the imam is finished with two salaams?
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Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,
According to Baghawi, a follower should make salam after the imam has completed both of his. According to Mutawalli, he should make salam after the imam completed his first. What Baghawi related is clear from what is in Buwayti from Imam Shafi. Authorities in the School agree that it is permissible for a follower to make salam after the imam completed his first, the difference is pertaining to what is optimal. (Imam Nawawi, Sharh al-Muhadhdhab, vol. 3, pg. 483. Dar al-Fikr)
Imam Nawawi states that is recommended for a follower to make his salam only after the imam has completed both of his. And then after mentioning the sighat al-tamrid, “qila,” he relates the view ascribed to Mutawalli in Sharh al-Muhadhdhab. (Kitab al-Tahqiq, pg. 291, Cairo: Ard al-Haramayn, 1429/2007)
And, Allah knows best.
Answered by Yaqub Abdurrahman