Can I Pray Taraweeh Behind A Child?
Yasir Qadhi

A lot of mosques allow students of the Qur'an as young as 10 years old lead Taraweeh prayer in Ramadan. But is this actually allowed? What are the conditions for one to lead salah?

In a hadith in Sahih Bukhari, we learn that a community allowed a 7 year old who knew the Qur'an to lead salah...

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi explains the conditions and answers the question

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In a hadith in Sahih Bukhari, we learn that a community found a seven-year-old in their midst who knew more Quran than they all did. And so, they made him their Imam. The seven-year-old was made their Imam, and they all prayed behind him.

And so, there's no problem with a young child being the Imam, as long as some conditions are met. Of them is that the child is aware that he has to have Wudu and not break the Wudu and leads the prayer in a good manner.

So, if the best person that your community has is a young boy who has memorized the Quran and his tajweed and recitation is the best, then there's no problem.

As well, if you find a young man, maybe 10, 12-years-old, just to encourage this boy to learn more, or you want to show that we have somebody who's doing the Quran, and he does two raka'ah maybe, and just as an encouragement, this is all permitted.

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