Answered by Sidi Moustafa Elqabbany
The following message addresses some of your concerns:
If you recite the fatiha at the same time or even before your imam, your prayer is valid. If you have time, then it is best to wait for him to finish his fatiha before you begin yours.
Regarding your confusion, do your best. If there's no way for you to deal with it, then learn the Hanafi school are pray according to it.
No fiqh book can ever be a substitute for a qualified fiqh teacher. Having said that, reading a good book is better than nothing.
For Arabic texts, Sidi Mostafa Azzam recommends At-Taqrirat As-Sadidah (التقريرات السديدة) and Anwar Al-Masalik (أنوار المسالك). At-Taqrirat is exceptionally clear in its presentation.
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