A child leading the congregation in prayer

Reference: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/15413

Question: Is it permissible for a young child to lead the prayer?

Response: Yes, if he is able to distinguish [between right and wrong], and is the best of the people (congregation) at reciting [the Qur.aan] – then it is permissible. [This is] because during the time of the Prophet ﷺ a group of companions were in the desert, and amongst them was a young child who was conscientious – having memorised the Qur.aan. And he had attained a good level at reciting the Qur.aan [too], so they ushered him forward to lead them in prayer – and this [particular incident had taken place] during the time of the Messenger ﷺ and he did not rebuke them for doing that.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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