Who has more right to be the Imaam for the prayer?

Who has more right to be the Imaam for the prayer?

Shaykh Albaany, may Allah have mercy upon him, was asked: Is the leadership for the prayer based upon the best in recitation and in tajweed or for the one who has memorized the most Quraan?

Shaykh albaany, may Allah have mercy upon him, answered:

“The origin is that there is no difference between the best in recitation and having the best tajweed and between the one whom exceeds the rest of the people in his memorization of the Quraan due to the reason that memorization of the Quraan technically means that it is coinciding with the way it has been revealed. Reciting the Quraan in accordance to how it has been revealed requires that one preserves the etiquettes of the recitation that which been mentioned by the scholars of Tajweed in their books. So if there is a man whom exceeds everyone else in his memorization of the Quraan but he recites incorrectly then the one whom has memorized less than him while he recites correctly is to be brought forward to be the imaam because the recitation with tajweed is intended by the statement of the Prophet, alayhi as salaatu wa as salaam: the people are to be lead by the best of them in the recitation of the Quraan”.

The book” al Haawee min Fataawaa as Shaykh Albaany” page 237 from the compilation of Muhammad bin ibraheem.

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