Ref. No. 1176/42-447
In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most Merciful
The answer to your question is as follows:
The Imam’s way of giving statement is not appropriate. Yes, it is permissible for the Imam to take salary on rendering imamat service. And it is necessary for those who are taking charge of the mosque to manage the salary of the Imam each month without fail. It is permissible for Imam to take wages on doing Imamate even if he does some business other than Imamate. When the imam is appointed with a fixed salary and the authority agreed upon it, then it is obligatory on those in charge to pay him for his job.
And Allah knows best
Darul Uloom Waqf Deoband
This answer was collected from the official website of Darul Uloom Deoband Waqf. The institution is based in India and the answers are provided in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh.