Muqtadi praying without Wudhu

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Assalamu Alaikum,

I performed a congregational prayer with one person. Soon after I realized that I had no whudu. However, the other person was leading the prayer. Is his prayer still valid? This was in University so I may not see that person again. I have prayed that prayer again.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The validity of the Salaah of the Muqtadi (follower in Salaah) does not affect the Salaah of the Imam.[i] Hence, the Salaah of the Imam will be valid.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Nabeel Valli.

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah
Lusaka, Zambia


  [i]   بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع (1/ 225)

وَفَسَادُ صَلَاةِ الْمُقْتَدِي لَا تُؤَثِّرُ فِي فَسَادِ صَلَاةِ الْإِمَامِ، وَلِفَسَادِ صَلَاةِ الْإِمَامِ أَثَرٌ فِي فَسَادِ صَلَاةِ الْمُقْتَدِي



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