The Imam of the Masjid (mosque) suffered a certain disease and then his leg was amputated. Now, he comes to the Masjid by car and sits on a wheelchair which he moves by pushing its wheels. He leads the Ma'mums (persons being led by an Imam in Prayer) by gesture while sitting on the wheelchair. Is it permissible for him to lead people in Salah although there are others who recite the Qur'an better than this disabled Imam?
It is permissible to
offer Salah behind an Imam who is sitting due to an illness that is expected to be cured. However, it is not permissible to offer Salah behind a lame person whose disability is incurable, for he is permanently unable to do one of the main pillars of Salah i.e. he cannot stand up. (Part No. 6; Page No. 296) The congregation should ask for appointing another Imam to lead them in Salah.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.