Offering Salah behind a clean-shaven Imam

Q 8: Some Imams (those who lead people in Prayer) appoint a deputy to lead the people in Salah (Prayer) when they travel, and the man who is appointed shaves his beard. Is it permissible for those who shave their beards to lead people in Salah?

A: It is not permissible for an Imam to appoint someone as a deputy for them who commits sins publicly, such as shaving the beard or smoking, because the Imam should be a good example and a custodian. It is, therefore, obligatory that outward signs of righteousness and uprightness appear on him.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.