If the one who knows more Qur’an holds Ash’ari beliefs, can he still lead the prayer?

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If an Ash’ari knows more Qur’an, can he lead the prayer or not?
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Praise be to Allaah.

We put this question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah preserve him, who replied as follows:

“If he does not call others to follow his bid’ah and is not stubborn when the truth becomes clear to him, there is nothing wrong with him leading the prayer, otherwise, it is better if someone else leads the prayer even if he knows less Qur’an. And Allaah knows best.”

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

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