Can I Pray Behind Anyone Who Is Already Praying?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum In the hospital I work there is a culture of brothers coming into the prayer room and standing next to any individual praying to make it into a congregation. Is this permissible as it is unknown what prayer the individual is praying and their intention? Answer: Wa […]

Can I Choose a Latecomer to Be My Imam When I Missed the Congregational Prayer With the Imam of the Mosque?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum We arrived in the mosque to pray congregational prayer but the Imam already made the salutations. We also saw some latecomers who caught some rak’ats in the prayer. Should we have chosen one of the latecomers to be our Imam? Answer:Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, According to the […]

What Is the Minimum Age for Leading the Congregational Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, What is the minimum age for leading the congregational prayer? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. The minimum age requirement for the imam is that he be an adult (i.e. has reached puberty) […]

Must I Repeat Prayers Behind an Imam With a Short Beard or Bare Head?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I have been advised that a prayer must be repeated if it is performed behind someone who does not have a fist length beard or his head covered and wears short sleeved clothing. Is it correct? Should I pray alone when on more than one occasion I have noticed […]

Are There Valid Reasons for Missing the Congregational Prayer in the Mosque? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, My brother is of the understanding that every prayer must be prayed at the masjid. Therefore, under every circumstances, he tries to attend even if it means he inconveniences others. Under what circumstances is it permissible for him to pray at home? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa […]