Saturday, 30 July 2022

Salah Behind An Evil Doer



Chapter: "Offering prayers behind a man who is a victim of Al-Fitan (trials and affections) or a heretic, and Hasan said: Pray behind him, because his heresy is his own business."

Narrated Ubaidullah bin Adi bin Khiyar: "I went to Uthman bin Affan while he was besieged, and said to him, 'You are the chief of all Muslims in general and you see what has befallen you. We are led in the Salah (prayer) by a leader of Al-Fitan (trials and afflictions etc.) and we are afraid of being sinful in following him.' 

Uthman said. "As-Salat (the prayers) is the best of all deeds, so when the people do good deeds do the same with them and when they do bad deeds, avoid those bad deeds." 

Az-Zuhri said, "In our opinion one should not offer Salat behind an effeminate person unless there is no alternative."

Source: Saheeh Al-Bukhari. Pg. # 173, H. # 695.

Ibn Taymiyyah:

Abdullah Ibn Umar and other Sahabah used to pray behind Al Hajjaj (tyrant). The Sahabah and Tabieen used to pray behind Ibn Abi Ubaid and he was accused of atheism and caller into misguidance.

Source: Majmoo Al-Fataawa. Vol. 3, Pg. # 176.

Abdullah bin Baz:

And it is found in Saheeh Al-Bukhari that Abdullah ibn Umar used to pray behind Al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf Al-Thaqafi and it is the same for Anas ibn Malik, and Al-Hajjaj was dissolute and unjust

And in the same Saheeh that the Prophet (saw) said: ''Those whom they pray leading you then if they were right then its reward is for you and if they were wrong then its reward is for you and they hold their mistake.'' 

And narrating Abdullah ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: "Pray behind [taking as prayer leader] anyone who says 'There is no God but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.'"

Majmoo Al-Fataawa. Vol. 4, Pg. # 303.


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