Q & A – Taraweeh and Non Baaligh Imams

Questions Regarding An Immature Boy And Taraweeh

Question: A non-Baaligh, 12-year-old boy is a Haafiz-ul-Quran. Can he lead Taraweeh Salaah?

Answer: The most accepted view is that a child who has not come of age may NOT lead adults in the Taraweeh Salaah. [Aalamgeeri]

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.                                                                                                               

Question: Can a non-Baaligh boy correct the Imaam in the Taraweeh Salaah?

Answer: If a non-Baaligh child is performing Salaah behind the Imaam and corrects the Imaam, his correcting will be valid. [Tahtaawi]

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.                                                                                                              

A Clean-Shaven Haafiz Saheb’s Taraweeh Imaamat

Question: What is the ruling regarding performing the Taraweeh Salaah behind a Haafi who shaves his beard?

Answer: Shaving the beard (or trimming it less than a fist) is Haraam. The person shaving (or trimming) his beard is regarded as an open-sinner in the Shari’at. It will therefore NOT be permissible to appoint such a person as the Imaam. [Shaami]

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.