Saying Salaam before prostrating for forgetfulness according to the Hanafi school

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Question:

As salamu aleykum, What is the proof of the Hanafi Fiqh of school of giving only one taslim to the right side before performing sajdah sahw? Was salaam
 
Fatwa:
 
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.
 
We have already issued a Fatwa clarifying the method of prostrating for forgetfulness according to the Hanafi School of jurisprudence and that it is after saying Salaam (i.e. concluding the prayer).
 
However, this School has many views regarding saying Salaam for someone who is obliged to prostrate for forgetfulness, whether he should say Salaam once [to the right hand side only] or twice [to the right hand side and left hand side]. Some of their scholars  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him are of the view that a person should say Salaam only once; their evidence is that the first Salaam to the right side is enough to conclude the prayer and the second is intended for salutation and when prostrating for forgetfulness, there is no need for it. Therefore, one should not say the second Salaam, but if he says it, then the prostration for forgetfulness is waived. As far as we know, they do not have any evidence to prove this.
 
However, other scholars of the Hanafi School of jurisprudence  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him are of the view that one should say Salaam twice and then prostrate for forgetfulness. Some scholars of this School  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him are of the view that anyone who says that it is an obligation to say only one Salaam, is among the innovators. 
 
Allah Knows best.
Fatwa answered by:The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

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