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Is it permissible in Islam to pray behind an emam who is openly involved in Shirk and bidaah.

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My question is that is it permissible in Islam to pray behind an emam who is openly involved in Shirk and bidaah.


Pls reply in the light of quraan and Sunnah.


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Pray behind imam shirk bida

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 none 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.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.663 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "If the Imam leads the prayer correctly then he and you will receive the rewards; but if he makes a mistake (in the prayer) then you will receive the reward for the prayer and the sin will be his."


Beloved brother, regardless of who is chosen or appointed to lead the congregational prayers, the believers are commanded by Allah and His Messenger (saws) to pray behind the chosen or appointed imam. It would not behove or befit a believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day to leave prayer in congregation just because he does not agree with the opinion or deeds of the chosen imam; even if one fears the imam is involved in major sins.


If the imam is indeed involved in committing the evil of bida or sins even more heinous than that, he alone will be responsible for his deeds; the deeds of the chosen or appointed imam does not in any way effect the prayer or reduce the rewards of the believers who offer their prayers behind him.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,




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