If an immam misses his fajar prayers, can he stand for Immat in other prayers or not?
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Please tell me that if an immam misses his fajar prayers, can he stand for Immat in other prayers or not?
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Imam misses prayers
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Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2527 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
The Prophet (saws) said: Striving in the Path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler, whether he is pious or impious; the prayer is obligatory on you behind every believer, pious or impious, even if he commits grave sins; the (funeral) prayer is incumbent upon every Muslim, pious and impious, even if he commits major sins.
If an Imam has been appointed by the Islamic State, or the governing body of the mosque, or even if an Imam is chosen amongst the believers to lead the prayers, it is absolutely incumbent upon the believers to offer their prayers behind the imam, regardless of whether the Imam is pious or impious or even if he commits major sins!
If the Imam has missed his obligatory prayers or committed any sin whatsoever, the burden of his deed is upon him alone and his leading a prayer does not effect the validity or reward of the prayers of the believers praying behind him in any way whatsoever.
Your Question: Please tell me that if an immam misses his fajar prayers, can he stand for Immat in other prayers or not?
Regardless of whether an appointed or chosen Imam has missed one (or more) of his obligatory prayers intentionally or unintentionally, it does not disqualify him from leading the believers in their other prayers. The burden of the any sin the Imam might have committed is on him alone, and does not in any way effect the validity or rewards of the believers praying behind him.
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