Congregational Prayer Led by a Person Lacking a Body Part | Islamic Laws by The Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei
Congregational Prayer Led by a Person Lacking a Body Part
Q 591: I am a student of Islamic studies. My right hand has been amputated by a surgical operation. Recently, I came to realize that Imam Khomeini (q.) did not consider it correct for a person who has a part or parts of his body amputated to lead prayer for people who are normal. I would be grateful if you advise me about the rule regarding the prayer of those who offered their prayers behind me during this period?
A: The previous prayers of those who followed you are correct if they did their prayers behind you without knowing the shari ruling. They would not have to repeat them whether the time is expired or not.
Q 592: I am a student of Islamic studies. During the fight in defense of the Islamic Republic of Iran, my feet were injured and the big toes were amputated. At present I am leading prayer at a Husayniyyah. Is there any religious problem in this or not? I am hopeful that you will give me an explanation for my problem.
A: The defect — as much as mentioned — in an imam does not harm the state of leading the congregational prayer. Yes, it is problematic in case a hand or foot is completely amputated.