Fatwa: # 38453
Category: Prayer (Salaat)
Country: India
Date: 24th April 2020


Can we try to remove the imam because of too many mistakes in taraweeh?


What is one is supposed to do if the imam who is leading the TAraweeh prayers does lot of mistakes. He is also the imam of the masjid for all 5 namaz. 

First ten rakahts are by another Hafiz who is young and does need hardly any luqma. He is quiet young, @25.

Me and probably many muqtadis might be thinking of asking the managing committee to appoint young haffiz to lead all 20 prayers.

Will it be ok if I suggest this to managing committee?

I had read somewhere that imam should not lead prayers if muqtadis were not happy with his imamat? 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Respected brother.

The Imam in reference is also the Imam of the musjid. He performs the five daily salaah at the musjid.

The Imam deserves respect and honour for serving as an Imam for one’s salaah.

The hadeeth in reference is

قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ أَبَا أُمَامَةَ، يَقُولُ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: ثَلاَثَةٌ لاَ تُجَاوِزُ صَلاَتُهُمْ آذَانَهُمْ: (الى) وَإِمَامُ قَوْمٍ وَهُمْ لَهُ كَارِهُونَ.(1).

The messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم)) said: three [types of people] there prayer will not pass their ears……. [one of them is] a leader of a people [in Salah or in general] and they dislike him.

In explaining this hadeeth Mulla Ali Qari [رحمه الله] quoting from Ibn-Ul-Malik states: They dislike him [the Imam] due to his innovation or transgression or ignorance, as for the case where there is enmity between them and him is because of a worldly affair, then this ruling [that the Imam salaah will not be excepted because the followers don’t like him] will not apply.

Making mistakes in taraweeh does not fall under the ambit of the hadeeth in reference.

In the enquired situation you may discuss your concern & opinion with the management and leave it up to the management to decide. [i]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammed Al-Ameen bin Moulana Ismail Akoo

Student Darul Iftaa

Newcastle; KZN, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai



حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عَلِيُّ بْنُ الحَسَنِ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا الحُسَيْنُ بْنُ وَاقِدٍ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو غَالِبٍ، قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ أَبَا أُمَامَةَ، يَقُولُ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: " ثَلَاثَةٌ لَا تُجَاوِزُ صَلَاتُهُمْ آذَانَهُمْ: العَبْدُ الآبِقُ حَتَّى يَرْجِعَ، وَامْرَأَةٌ بَاتَتْ وَزَوْجُهَا عَلَيْهَا سَاخِطٌ، وَإِمَامُ قَوْمٍ وَهُمْ لَهُ كَارِهُونَ "،: «هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ غَرِيبٌ مِنْ هَذَا الوَجْهِ، 

سنن الترمذي (باب فيمن أم قوما وهم له كارهون)

)Volume 2( )pg.193( ) شركة مكتبة ومطبعة مصطفى البابي الحلبي – مصر )



  وَإِمَامُ قَوْمٍ) أَيِ: الْإِمَامَةُ الْكُبْرَى، أَوْ إِمَامَةُ الصَّلَاةِ (وَهُمْ لَهُ): وَفِي نُسْخَةٍ: لَهَا، أَيِ الْإِمَامَةِ  (كَارِهُونَ) أَيْ: لِمَعْنًى مَذْمُومٍ فِي الشَّرْعِ، وَإِنْ كَرِهُوا لِخِلَافِ ذَلِكَ، فَالْعَيْبُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا كَرَاهَةَ، قَالَ ابْنُ الْمَلَكِ، أَيْ كَارِهُونَ لِبِدْعَتِهِ أَوْ فِسْقِهِ أَوْ جَهْلِهِ، أَمَّا إِذَا كَانَ بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَهُمْ كَرَاهَةٌ وَعَدَاوَةٌ بِسَبَبِ أَمْرٍ دُنْيَوِيٍّ، فَلَا يَكُونُ لَهُ هَذَا الْحُكْمُ 

مرقاة المفاتيح شرح مشكاة المصابيح (باب الإمامة )   

)  Volume 3( )pg.860 (دار الفكر، بيروت – لبنان )

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