In Algeria many Imam of mosque are without beard or a very little beard (regularly resize). Is it permitted to pray behind this type of Imam? In winter here temperature is 1C or less. At that time during wudhu Algerian people make masah on normal socks, I argued them it is permitted on lather socks or other very thick cotton socks which is not allowing water immediately and after walking 1/3 km it remains in good condition. But they said according to their Ulama they can make masah on any kinds of socks (Algerians follow Maliki madhhab). Is it permitted to offer salah behind this type of wudhu, explain according to Quran & Hadith. They start Asr prayer before Hanafi Madhhab. (Almost one hour and twenty minutes). We will join their prayer jamat or pray according to our Hanafi timings. Explain according to madhhab.

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.org

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 1166/1159/N=09/1435)

(1) The imam who shaves beard or cuts less than one fist he is fasiq in Islam and his imamah is makrooh tahrimi.
“قوله”: فتجبب إهانته شرعاً فلا يعظم بتقديمه للإمامة تبع فيه الزيلعي ، ومفاده كون الكراهة فى الفاسق تحريمية” (حاشية الطحطاوى على المراقى ص 303 مطبوعه دارالكتب العلمية بيروت) ، وفيه إشارة إلى أنهم لو قدموا فاسقاً يأثمون بناء على أن كراهة تقديمه كراهة تحريم الخ (غنية المستملى ص 513 مطبوعه مكتبه اشرفيه ديوبند).
(2) Masah over normal socks is not lawful as per all the four Imams and the one who did masah over such socks; salah is not valid behind him.
قال فى البدائع (1:83 ط مكتبة زكريا ديوبند): وإما المسح على الجوربين …. فإن كانا رقيقين يشفان الماء لا يجوز المسح عليهما بالإجماعً ، وقال فى البحر الرائق (1:318 ط مكتبة زكريا ديوبند): وفى المجتبى: لا يجوز المسح على الجورب الرقيق من غزل أو شعر بلا خلاف”.
In Algeria the followers of Maliki maslak who say with the reference of their Ulama that masah over each types of socks is valid, you should ask them the fatwa of their maslak. And if they have such fatwa then too it is not practicable for Hanafis.
(3) You should offer Asr salah after two mithls. And if you offered with Algerians after first mithl then salah shall be valid as per some Ulama.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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