Step by Step Guide to Prayer

Who Should Lead the Congregational Prayer?

Who Should Lead the Congregational Prayer?

Question:

Who is the person who should lead the congregational prayer as we offer prayer at work? 

Answer:

The one who should lead the congregational prayer is the one who has more knowledge of the rulings of prayer and has the capacity to recite the Qur’an better than others.  It is necessary for the imam to have a sound creed, a good knowledge of Fiqh (jurisprudence) and sufficient knowledge about issues related to prayer. 

It was narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “The person who is best versed in the recitation of the Book of Allah, should lead the prayer; but if all those present are equally versed in it, then the one who has most knowledge of the Sunnah; if they are equal in that respect too, then the one who has emigrated (to Al-Madinah) first, if they are equal in this respect also, then the oldest of them. No man should lead another in prayer where the latter has authority, or sit in his house, without his permission”. (Muslim) 

In this video, Dr. Muhammad Salah talks in details about the rulings of leading the prayer and the conditions of the one leading the congregational prayer.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel.

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