Can a convert to Islam whose parents are not Muslims lead congregational prayers? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Hakim answered a question about leading congregational prayers by a convert to Islam.

Question: I am from West, and have converted to Islam, my parents are not Muslims, and I was born as a result of illegitimate relationship. Can I lead congregational prayers?

The Grand Ayatollah Hakim: If the relationship which led to the birth of a child has been based on some kind of marriage, even if the marriage has not been Islamic, the child born as a result of such marriage is considered legitimate, and such a person is allowed to lead the congregational prayers. If the relationship between parents has not been based on a marriage, therefore the child born is not the result of the legitimate relationship, and cannot lead the congregational prayers.

Source: PERSIAN SHAFAQNA

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