it is said that the Imam should not be preceded in Ruku` (Bowing), Sujud (Prostration) or departure. If departure here means leaving the Masjid (mosque), what should we do if the Imam stays in the Masjid (after Prayer) for a long time?
Departure as mentioned here means pronouncing Taslim (salutation of peace ending the Prayer) not leaving the Masjid, for it is impermissible for a Ma'mum (person led in prayer) to pronounce Taslim before (Part No. 7; Page No. 71) the Imam, not even with him. Yet, this should be done after he finishes the Salah (prayer). Whereas it is permissible for a person to leave the Masjid before the Imam.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.