Making Mosque in Christian Church with grave yard
Fatwa No: 81417

  • Fatwa Date:18-8-1999 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 7, 1420
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Question

We are a group of Muslim families in a small town in UK. We are looking for a place to use as mosque. The only place we found is small church, but it is a in the middle of a cemetry ( a Christian Graveyard ). Can we use it as a mosque ?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

There is no doubt that if it is possible for you to build a Mosque then you should not take this church as a mosque, especially that it is inside a graveyard for polytheists. However, if it is not possible for you to find a  place other than this church, then if you can remove the portraits and pictures which are inside it, then do so, and perform the prayer in it until you find another place where you may gather (offer your congregational prayers).

Finally, you should know that the majority of the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that it is disliked to perform the prayer in the church and some of them even forbade it.

Allaah knows best.

 

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