Performing salaah behind an imaam who shaves his beard and wears his pants below his ankles

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Q: What is the ruling regarding praying behind an Imam considering the Imaam shaves his beard and his pants are below his ankles? What should we do in this condition?


A: It is impermissible in Shari’ah for one to shave his beard or to cut or trim it less than one fist. If one shaves his beard or trims it before one fist, he will be sinful. It is not permissible to appoint such a person to lead the Salaah. If such a person is appointed as an Imaam, the sin will be upon the Imaam and upon those who have appointed such a person as the Imaam. Performing Salaah with one’s pants below one’s ankles is makrooh.

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, 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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