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Can a smoker be an IMAM ?

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In my office some people don't pray with a Smoker IMMAM ? Please can give more information on this.
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Can a smoker be an IMAM ?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2527 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Prophet (saws) said: Striving in the path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler, whether he is pious or impious; the prayer is obligatory on you behind every believer, pious or impious, even if he commits grave sins; the (funeral) prayer is incumbent upon every Muslim, pious and impious, even if he commits major sins.


If there is one who has testified and borne witness that there is no god except Allah Subhanah, and Mohamed (saws) is Allahs Messenger, and has the weakness and evil of smoking or commits even major sins he does not become a non-muslim.


Although smoking would be considered a sin in Islam, if one who smokes is chosen to lead the congregational prayer; in light of the above hadith it becomes obligatory on the believers to pray behind the imam!


It would be incorrect for any muslim to refuse to pray behind a imam who has testified the shahadaah, no matter how many and what kind of sinful acts the imam might have done.


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