In response to your question, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America, states:
"It is good to pray in jama'ah (congregation). Wherever there are two or more Muslims together, they should pray in jama'ah. The imam should be an adult if he is leading the prayers of adults. Minors [i.e., those who have not reached puberty] are not allowed to lead obligatory prayers. They can lead voluntary prayers if they know about purification and can read the Qur'an well. It is good to ask young children of seven years or older to lead voluntary prayers sometimes to encourage and teach them how to lead prayers.
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