Is Islam Allowed Blind People to Become Imam in Prayer? ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain a law relating to imam in prayer. In everyday life we certainly know that a person’s condition is not the same; someone can see and someone cannot see because he is blind. The question is, can a blind person become imam in prayer (salat)?
As always, before I answer the question above, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. Pay attention!
Hadith About Blind People Become Imam in Prayer (Salat)
عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اِسْتَخْلَفَ ابْنَ أُمِّ مَكْتُوْمٍ يَؤُمُّ النَّاسَ وَهُوَ أَعْمَى . رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ وَأَبُوْ دَاوُدَ
From Anas radliyallaahu anhu, that the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam told Ibn Ummi Maktum to replace him to lead the people to pray, even though he (Ibn Ummi Maktum) was a blind person.” The hadith is narrated by Ahmad and Abu Daud.
There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;
One; The hadith explains, that a blind person may be imam in prayer.
Two; There are differences of opinion among Islamic law experts about that. Ash-Shafi’i said, “In terms of being imam in prayer, the blind and those who can see are the same because each has virtue; the virtue of a blind person is that he does not see anything that can distract him, while the virtue of those who can see is that he can avoid being unclean.” The majority of Islamic law experts say, “That people who can see are more important to be imam because he is better to face qiblah and avoid being unclean.”
All readers! After we understand the brief explanation above, we can conclude that blind people may be imam in prayer, even though there are differences of opinion about it. I will not draw a conclusion to answer the question above because Islamic law experts disagree with their respective arguments.
That is a brief explanation of the legality of blind people to become Imam in prayer. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!
Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 32-33.