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The Imamate of the Single Worshipper
Question:

I stood up to pray an obligatory prayer alone, and another person came and took me as his Imam. What is the ruling on changing the intention from that of one praying alone to that of a Imam in prayer?
Answer:

Changing ones intention from that of single worshipper to Imam, in the circumstances which you have mentioned is permissible, based upon the authentic narration in the Two Sahihs, on the authority of Abdullah bin Abbas, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said: I stayed with my aunt, Maimaunah, may Allaah be pleased with her, and the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) stood up to pray the night prayer, so I stood on his left side, but he took me by the earlobe and placed me on his right side. It is likewise permissible for the one who is led in prayer to change (his intention) to a single worshipper and vice verse if the need arises.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 163
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