In my office there is majority of Sunni brothers and I perform salat behind Sunni Imam, and also during Jumaah prayers in nearby sunni mosque, but I wonder whether I am doing in the correct way? Like Skipping Qunoot. So I want to know what things should we skip/change while performing with sunni brothers.

And what about Salam? Can we do it in Sunni way?

P.S: I am not asking about whether it is allowed to pray behind sunni imam. So no discussions about it.

I do taqleed of Ayatollah Sistani.



You probably would have to do it as a 'taba2iya' (fellowship) prayer and not full jamaa2a prayer. In the taba2iya prayer you will be following the Imam in all the acts he does (sujoud, roukou2, etc) however will still have to be recieting everything on your own.

So from the outside one would think you are doing jamaa2 with them but in actuality you are doing the prayer alone but participating in the same actions as the group.

With regards to Qunoot you can either do a quick one just before going to roukou or I think it might be ok to skip it as its not required.

The Salam part is not required, so you would have to set in your intention that your prayer is done before turning your head to do their salam (and then you can just do their salam) but its not apart of your salat.

  • I was confused about the salam part, thanks for quick reply. Now I'm more confident praying behind sunni imam. Jazakallah
    – Asad
    Jul 13 '13 at 8:14

How do Shiites pray behind the Sunni Imam? Following the Sunnis is permissible in order to observe unity, and praying with them is correct and separate, but takf is not obligatory and is not permissible, unless it is necessary. (1) There is nothing wrong with participating in the congregational prayers of the Sunnis and following them, and it has been reported in some authoritative news that whoever participates in the first row of their prayers is like one who prayed in the first row behind the Messenger of God (pbuh). 2] But if possible, he should pray in the form of Shiites, and if there is no taqiyyah, he should pray in the form of Sunnis, he should repeat it. Of course, some authorities [3] believe that if there are no conditions for taqiyyah, he should absolutely repeat the prayer. [2]. (On the authority of the servant of God, peace be upon him) he said: Whoever prayed with them in the first row, he was the one who prayed without the Messenger of God; Klini, Muhammad ibn Ya`qub, Al-Kafi, vol. 3, p. [3]. Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani.

(1)Ref: https://farsi.khamenei.ir/treatise-content?id=46#603

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