As the majority of Muslims in Malaysia belong to the Syafie Madzhab (School of Jurisprudence) most masjids here will also be of the same school. Masjid Pakistan belongs to the Hanafi Madzhab, as does Masjid India.
Both the Syafie and Hanafi schools belong to Sunni Islam together with the Maliki and Hanbali schools, however, the Maliki and Hanbali schools are not very common locally but one can still meet persons belonging to these schools with the increasing number of Middle Eastern and African communities visiting and residing here.
While there are differences in the judicial interpretations of the various schools, it is not so apparent in practice, but Syafies visiting Hanafi Masjids do need to be aware of the following:
- There is no recitation of Doa Kunut during Subuh prayers;
- The time for Asar prayers commences about 40 minutes later then that for Syafies.
Other things to note, which is probably due to the culture in the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent, and not to differences between the schools is:
- The Iqamat is usually 20-30 minutes after the Adzan (except for Maghrib);
- There is no long wirid after the Subuh or Maghrib prayers.