Choosing someone to lead the people in Salah because of his nice voice in recitation
Q 1: I am an eighteen-year-old young man. Sometimes, people choose me to lead them in congregational Salah (Prayer), as I have a good voice in recitation. I heard that one of the minor signs of the Last Hour is
choosing a man as an Imam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) for his melodious voice in recitation,
even if he is the least of them in knowledge of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). I have studied some of the rulings of Tajwid (art of properly reciting the Qur’an), and I am more knowledgeable about the Qur’an than anyone else in the Masjid (mosque). When this situation occurred to me more than once, I intended to come late after the Iqamah (call to start the Prayer), so that someone else would lead the people in Salah. Thus, I miss the Sunnah (supererogatory) Salah and some Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer) of the congregational Salah. Am I considered a sinner? Please advise.
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If you are the most well-versed in Qur’an, it is an honorable act to lead the people in congregational Salah; it corresponds to the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet); and you will be rewarded for it. So, you should not refrain from it and deprive yourself from the reward, and you should not come late for the reason you mentioned.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.