“…If the Imaam is an Innovator” | Shaykh Abdul-Azīz Āl us-Shaykh
Is it correct that one leaves praying with the Jama’ah because the Imaam is an innovator, bearing in mind that his innovation is not that which nullifies his Islaam?
Shaykh al-Mufti Abdul Aziz ‘aala Shaykh:
The Jama’ah (congregation) is obligatory and a qualified Imaam should be appointed. If this Imaam’s bid’ah doesn’t invalidate his Islaam, and you fear that by not praying behind him you are splitting the Jama’ah, or that you can’t pray with another congregation, then pray with him and advise him. Advise him sincerely, hoping that Allah guides him.
Translation: Abu Mohamed Abul Karim ibn Timothy Hagedorn
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