MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, NEW DELHI – New Delhi is one of the most populous Muslim areas in North India. The majority of the Muslims follow the Hanafi School of thought (madhhab).
In Indonesia, Muslims praying behind the imam say Aameen out loud after the imam finishes reciting Al-Fatihah.
“However, in India, we may not do that. Hanafi madhhab views that the ones who are praying behind an imam should say Aameen quietly,” told Agoes.
“When the the first time Indonesian Muslim students, including me, prayed Maghrib in congregation and experienced it. We said Aameen loudly while other people did it quietly. We’re quite surprised and puzzled. After praying, we looked at one another and laughed at ourselves,” recalled Agoes.
Since then, when we became the imam or we prayed Maghrib, Isha, and Fajr, we no longer said Aameen loudly as we used to do in Indonesia.
Besides, Muslims women are hardly found or rarely perform congregational prayers at the mosque. The Hanafi madhhab believes that women aren’t required to pray in congregation at the mosque.
The Hanafi school of thought contends that women had better pray at home because the madhhab believes that it may create slander if they pray at the mosque.
Even though Muhammadiyah doesn’t tend to one madhhab only and isn’t anti-madhhab, Indonesian Muslims in India mostly believing in the Shafi’i madhhab surprisingly knew the facts, but they respected the differences.