Asalamualaikom, I follow the Hanafi school of thought. I live in a city where there is no masjid, just a musallah. There is no fixed time when the jamat occurs for any particular salat, but usually they pray jamat right after the time for the athan for that particular salat. My question is specifically regarding the asr salat. That is, most Muslims in my city pray jamat at the earlier non-Hanafi time for asr. Should I join them in jamat for the risk of praying by myself if I pray at the later Hanafi time? Jazakallah khair.
There is no harm in you joining the congregation prayer of Asr even when it is being offered at Shafi (shadow 1) time. Shadow 1 time is also one of the opinions found within the Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence.
As a matter of fact, you should offer your Asr Salah at the Musalla in Jama'ah as the reward of Salah offered in congregation is more than the one offered individually.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America