Observing Prayer Behind Imam That Leans Up On Something When Standing Up
Fatwa No: 462082

Question

Salam Aleikum,Is it permissible to pray behind an imam who cannot stand upright except by support? He must hold the wall occasionally during the prayer to find balance and outside the salah he must use a walking stick. And are prayers valid if I pray behind Sufi groups who recite burdah qasidah?JazakAllah khayr

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It is permissible to observe prayer behind the Imam that leans up on something when standing up in prayer, since the essence of the very act (i.e. standing up) is realized. Mostly, the Imam would not lean upon something unless he is unable to stand with no help of such a thing upon which he leans – a case under which he is obliged to stand up while leaning upon something.

Even if the Imam does so (i.e. leaning upon something in prayer while in no need to do so), his prayer is still valid but with dislikeability.

We meanwhile apologize for not answering your second question, as we have clarified in ‘Enter Question’ field that only one question should be sent at a time and that if many questions were asked, only the first question will be answered.

Allah knows best.

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