Salaah behind a person who trims his beard

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Q: I would like to know about the priority in a jamaat for a person to lead a prayer, if among 10 persons, 9 of them has one fist beard but the other one his beard is shorter but his tajweed, knowledge and age is more than the other 9 people. In that case who is eligible first to lead the prayer.


A: The one who is more knowledgeable, if his beard is not growing or he did not cut his beard at all then he is more eligible. Otherwise, the one who is most educated from those with full beards is most eligible.

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


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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