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If the Imam deputizes a Latecomer Who has missed Two Rakahs to take His Place

If the Imam lost his Wudhu due to breaking wind in the fourth Rakah of the prayer, and appointed in his place as Imam one who arrived late, catching the prayer in the third Rakah, what is the ruling on those who began the prayer in the first Rakah or the second with the first Imam? Is it allowed for them to make the Taslim before the second Imam, or is it permissible to add to the length of the prayer by following the second Imam?

If the situation of the worshippers is as described, it is obligatory for those who caught the first and second Rakahs with the first Imam not to stand with the second Imam when he stands up to complete his prayer. And it is not permissible for them to make the Taslim before the Imam, because it has been authentically reported from the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) that he said: The Imam is there to be followed... [1] And may peace and blessing be upon our Prophet, Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

[1] Al-Bukhari nos. 722, 734 and Muslim no. 414.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 175
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