Imam praying with no Wudhu

27 Feb 2018 Ref-No#: 358

Asalamualaikum Mufti.

I have 2 brief questions about the Imaam leading a congregational salah:

1] If the Imaam is leading the prayer WITHOUT wudu, and realises in the middle of the prayer that he did not have wudu, is the prayer invalidated?

2] If the Imaam is leading the prayer without wudu and realises that he does not have wudu and then appoints someone from the congregation to continue leading the prayer, is the pray valid?

Jazakallahukhairan Mufti

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Wudhu is a condition for Salaah. If the Imam leads a congregation without Wudhu, everyone will have to repeat their prayers.

Likewise, if the Imam does not have Wudhu from the beginning, and realizes this during prayer, the entire congregation will have to start the prayer again.

References

قال الإمام مسلم حدثنا سعيد بن منصور وقتيبة بن سعيد وأبو كامل الجحدري واللفظ لسعيد قالوا حدثنا أبو عوانة عن سماك بن حرب عن مصعب بن سعد قال * دخل عبد الله بن عمر على بن عامر يعوده وهو مريض فقال ألا تدعو الله لي يا بن عمر قال إني سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول لا تقبل صلاة بغير طهور (أخرجه مسلم في صحيحه (1/ 204)

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