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Q: It is known among the Maamooms (persons who follow the congregational prayer leader while performing the prayer) that the prayer should be concluded with the phrase: “assalamu alaikum”, but, the scholars say that it should be concluded with “assalamu alaina wa’ala ibadillah assaliheen”. What is the ruling on the prayer of the Maamoum who says “assalamu alaina wa’ala ibadillah assaliheen” before the Imam ignorantly and purposely

A: His prayer is correct, because, if he intends to conclude his prayer with the statement “assalamu alaina wa ala ibadillahis saliheen”, his prayer will be valid. And if he intends to conclude it with the statement “assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu allah wa barakatuh”, it will also be valid.