One who leads the prayers is called the Imam, and he must be:
- Baligh (Adult) meaning that he has attained the age of responsibility and puberty; and for
- Men, it is one who has completed 15 lunar years, or has seen in himself the signs of puberty or adulthood.
- Sane (‘ Aqil)
- Believes in the mastership of the 12 Imams
- Adil (Just) meaning that he does not commit the major or minor sins.
- Legitimate birth.
- Able to recite correctly.