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Question: I have two young sons who are very eager to lead the salah at home but I don’t know what are the requirements for them to lead the prayer. They know how to pray by themselves when no adults are available.

Your sons can lead prayer for themselves, for you and for your other children if they are of the age of discrimination and they know the rules of Prayer. They do not need to know all the intricate laws of jurisprudence. They only need to know the conditions, essentials and rules of salah (Prayer); what breaks wudhu (ablution); what breaks salah; and how to compensate for mistakes. In addition to these, they should also have command of at least the minimum Qur’anic memorization necessary to lead salah.

However, when they are with adults, they should not rush to lead salah unless they are asked to because of their knowledge and capability. The Prophet, peace be on him, has told us that of all the people to lead salah, the most qualified is the one who is most knowledgeable about the Qur’an.

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