Appointment of Imam in a Masjid

By Mufti Muhammad Kadwa
Posted: 29 Zul-Qa'dah 1423, 1 February 2003

Q.) I was wondering whether it is permissible in shariah for a committee of a masjid to change the imam if they find another one that is more knowledgeable and capable than the present one. [Irfan Asra]

A.) In our present-day situation, the Masjid committee / trustees / Mutawallees are employers whilst the Imaam is regarded as an employee. Hence, the laws governing employment will apply in these circumstances as well.

Therefore, on termination of the present contract, the committee is at liberty to change the Imaam if a more knowledgeable and capable Imaam is found. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best