The most worthy of leading the prayer

Reference: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14838

Question: Who is the most worthy of leading the [congregational] prayer; is it the young child who has not yet reached puberty – but has memorised half of the Qur.aan, or a man who has only memorised 5 chapters [of the Qur.aan], as well as being upon the Sunnah, and [of sound] ‘aqeedah, and possessing knowledge of hadeeth and fiqh; and may Allaah reward you?

Response: [As a general rule] so long as he has [memorised] a sufficient amount of the Qur.aan for [leading] the prayer, the elder is more worthy than the young child. However, from amongst the congregation, if the young child has memorised the most then he should be put forward [to lead the prayer].

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.