Appointing a dishonest person as an imaam for Taraweeh Salaah

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Q: This Ramadhaan, Alhamdulillah we have had many Hufaadh leading us in Taraweeh Salaah all over the world. Some with great Qiraat and beautiful recitations.

However in a masjid that we were praying at, a Hafidh was leading us in taraweeh salaah. The said Hafidh is a businessman, but a known exploiter of his employees and also has dishonesty in his dealings. Is our Salaah behind him counted or should we reperform our Salaah.

What advice can we give to trustees of the Masjid regarding this?


A: The namaaz is valid. Such a person should not be appointed as an imaam.

They should understand what are steps to be taken in appointing a person as an imaam.

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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