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Can a Sunni Pray Behind a Shia Imam?

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Q: If someone believes that the Imam of the Musjid is a Shia, then is it permissible for that person to read Salaah behind this imaam?


A: Shias and Muslims are poles apart. They revile the Sahaabah and believe that the Sahaabah had turned apostate. Similarly they attribute false allegations to the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat (The pure wives of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)) and regard the Qur’an to be distorted. Any person holding such beliefs will come out of the fold of Islam and it will not be permissible to perform Salaah behind him.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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