Is it permissible for a Muslim

Q: There is an old shaykh living in the Dighiyah district. Being the Imam of the Masjid (mosque), he has been leading people in prayers for a long time. Is it permissible for him to lead people in prayer without wearing trousers? It should be noted that his `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public) (Part No. 6; Page No. 169) can be seen by the Ma'mums (people being led by an Imam in Prayer). Please advise us. May Allah reward you.

A: Covering the `Awrah is a necessary condition for the validity of Salah. However, it is not necessary to wear trousers. The `Awrah for men is the area between the navel and the knees. If the Imam offers prayers while any part of his `Awrah is uncovered, his Salah is invalid as well as the Salah of those behind him if they knew of this before Taslim (salutation of peace ending the Prayer).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.