Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
Someone told me that the Hanafi position that it is Makrooh Tahreemi to pray nafl salah in jamaat is not based on any hadith and that their only argument is that it looks like riyaa (ostentation) and therefore it is not allowed. The person also said that other mazahib allow it and the Hanafi saying that it is makrooh tahreemi to pray nafl with jamaat, especially tahaajjud during Ramadan, is an extremist viewpoint since it is saying that everyone else besides the hanafis who pray nafl salaah with jamaat are doing something which is haraam. What is our proof and how do we respond to this? Also, do we consider those hanbali who pray nafl with jamaat to be committing a haraam act?
It is true that there is no Jamaat for Sunan and Nawafil except the Jamaat for Taraaweeh in the month of Ramadahaan. It is not permitted to perform Tahajjud Salaah even in Ramadhaan with Jamaat attending by more than three persons on regular basis. It would be permitted if the Jamaat attended by one or two people only. The Nabee of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلمperformed Tahajjud individually throughout his life. the Nabee of Allaah and his practices are ideal for the believers. “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.”(Suratul Ahzaab33:21)