The `Isha'' Prayer before its due time

Q: Is it permissible to assign an Imam (leader of congregational Prayer) to lead our children in the `Isha' (Night) Prayer immediately after the Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer and before its due time, as they sleep before the time of `Isha' Prayer arrives?

A: It is impermissible to assign an Imam to lead children in the `Isha' Prayer before its due time lest they should sleep before offering it. The time of Salah (Prayer) is the same for adults and children. However, their parents should amuse them with anything so that they do not sleep until the time of the `Isha' Prayer arrives. (Part No. 6; Page No. 153) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.