In the name of Allah, the Beneficient,the Merciful
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Salaat is a great bounty of Allah Ta'ala upon His servants.
It is that special audience that Allah Ta'ala grants to His
servants so that they may communicate with Him. How fortunate
we are that the King of all Kings - Allah Ta'ala - brings us
to His House (the Masjid); and talking to us affords us the
opportunity to communicate with Him. It is therefore incumbent
upon us that we show gratitude and appreciation to Allah
Ta'ala for giving us the guidance and Tawfeeq to perform
Salaat in the best possible manner.
HUFFAAZ AND TARAWEEH
great disregard is shown on our part as to the type of Huffaaz
that we appoint to lead the congregation for Taraweeh. In many
Masaajid, it is noticed that the Hafiz/Hufaaz is totally unfit
(Islamically) to lead the Taraweeh Salaat.
Many are young boys not even aware of the basic rules
governing Salaat. Some are only seen in the Masjid in
Ramadhaan. Many do not keep a Shar'ee length beard (one fist),
they wear their pants below the ankles (which is Haraam),
indulge in listening to music, watching TV Programmes and
commit other sins openly in the months before Ramadhaan.
THE SHARI'AH RULING CONCERNING THE FAASIQ HUFFAAZ
Imaamat of a Hafiz Who Shaves
the beard is Haraam and in the light of Shari'ah, the one who
shaves the beard is a Faasiq (sinner). Thus, to make such a
person an Imaam is not permissible. To follow such an Imaam is
Makrooh Tahrimi (Shami).
The Beard of a Hafiz is Less than a Fist Length
- If the Hafiz who cuts his beard less than a fist length
is the only one in the locality, and if a better Imaam is
found (even if he is not a Hafiz), then do not make the
Hafiz who cuts his beard an Imaam. (Kifaayatul Fataawa).
- It is recorded in Imdaadul Fataawa concerning a person
who cuts or trims his beard (less than a fist length) that
he is a Faasiq (sinner). It is not permissible to make such
a person Imaam. Salaat behind him is Makrooh. (Tahrimi).
- It is not permissible to honour a person who cuts or
trims his beard, by making him an Imaam.
- It is proven from the Hadith that to cut and trim the
beard when it is not more than the fist length is Haraam.
(Fataawa Darul Uloom).
- A person is not deserving or fit to be Imaam if his
beard is contrary to the Shari'ah, deals in interest or
other non-permissible business transactions. To follow him
is Makrooh. (Tahrimi).
If the Imaam promises to discard his bad habits
(i.e. shaving, wearing un-Islamic dress, hair-style and moving
bare-headed), he can be appointed Imaam. If he refuses to
change then he is not deserving of the post of Imaamat.
A HUMBLE APPEAL IS MADE TO ALL TRUSTEES AND MUSALLEES TO
APPOINT SUCH HUFFAAZ FOR TARAWEEH WHO CONFORM TO THE SHARI'AH.
A HUMBLE APPEAL IS ALSO MADE TO PARENTS WHOSE SONS
ARE HUFFAAZ, TO PLEASE ENCOURAGE THEM TO BE PRACTICAL MUSLIMS.
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)