When the imam leads them in prayer in a state of ritual impurity, and they come to know of this after the prayer.
When the imam leads them in prayer in a state of ritual impurity, and they come to know of this after the prayer.

Book:

The Book of Prayer - كتاب الصلاة.

Chapter:

The Congregational prayers and the Conditions of Imama

Section:Things invalidating the prayer of the Imam
Topic/Issue:1560 - When the imam leads them in prayer in a state of ritual impurity, and they come to know of this after the prayer. --
Agreement:They agreed that if he (the imam) is suddenly overcome by hadath (like releasing wind) during prayer and stops, the prayer of the followers is not invalidated (they continue individually or one of them steps forward and leads them).
Opinions:
Opinion FromOpinionExplanation
STheir prayer is validthe validity of the follower's prayer is not dependent upon the validity of the imam's praye
HTheir prayer is invalidThe validity of the follower's prayer is dependent upon the validity of the imam's prayer
MMade a distinction on the basis of whether the imam was aware of his sexual defilement or was ignorant of it. if he was aware of it their prayer is invalidated, but if he was unaware of it their prayer is not invalidated.They use the hadith "that the Prophet (God's peace and blessings be upon him) pronounced the takbir in one of his prayers and then (interrupting his prayer) gestured to the people that they should wait. He went away and on his return there were remnants of moisture on his body ". The apparent meaning of this is that they continued their prayer (building upon the part they prayed before the Prophet interrupted his prayer).
Tags :Worship, Salah, Prayer, Congregation, Imama, Follower, Lead, Impurity
References:1[pg:173]
Last Updated:2011-04-22

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