What is the ruling on praying behind an Imaam who shaves/trims his beard?

What is the ruling on praying behind an Imaam who shaves/trims his beard?

QUESTION:
What is the ruling on praying behind an Imaam who shaves/trims his beard?

ANSWER:
It is Makrooh to make a person an Imaam who shaves or trims his beard to the extent that it is less than one fist. However, if per chance Salaah was performed behind such a person then his Salaah will be fulfilled, but will not receive the same reward as performing Salaah behind a pious person.

And Allah Ta’aala knows best

Attested to as correct by:
Mufti Muhammed Ashraf
19 JULY 2010 / 7 SHA’BAAN 1431